I was pretty surprised to get these two cookie jars for next to nothing. While the apple jar is nothing special, the yellow crock jar is a real find. After some research I identified it as a Red Wing Pottery jar made in Minnesota in the 1920's.
They also came with a wood butter paddle. A better paddle was used to work the buttermilk out of the butter after churning. The butter had to be washed too, to be sure all the buttermilk was out of the butter would turn sour. So a bowl would be filled with cold water and the butter dumped in and worked until no more trace of white milk came out of the butter. Then the water was drained off, and the butter worked again until all the water was also gone. You could do some of this with your hands, but of course your hands are warm and that could soften the butter so it was better to use the paddle. After the butter was washed and clean, it was put into a butter mold or press to form it into a round or rectangular shape, and in that process usually any remaining water was squeezed out.
So there you have it: an assortment of information as random and varied as the box lots themselves!
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