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Object Name Separator, Cream
Date 1880-1900
Maker Unknown
Material Steel/Tin/Wood/Copper
Used D. Fitzgerald Dairy, Glens Falls ?
Description Cream Separator, with lid, made of tinned steel. Very simple design has no moving parts. It is a tall cylinder with a spigot at bottom, and a 6-inch high narrow window near the spigot. The bottom is set at an angle, and has a groove at the center that leads to the spigot. Container has a wire handle with a wooden hand grip, and a lid with a wire handle. The milk is set in cold water immediately after milking. The cream all rises to the top in 12 to 24 hours. The fat-free milk is drawn off through the spigot at bottom, leaving the cream in the can to be poured into another receptacle such as cream pail. The angled bottom ensures that all the milk is drawn from the container. The spigot stopper is a threaded copper plug that separates from the container.
Maker's marks: at top of window: Pat. Jan 1, 1884.
This cream separator came in with the D. Fitzgerald Dairy sleigh. There is no specific information in the accession folder regarding this artifact.
Notes This cream separator came in with the D. Fitzgerald Dairy wagon. There is no specific information in the accession folder for it. In the accession book, the wagon is dated 1910-1930.
Dimensions H-20 W-11 Dia-9 inches
Collection AG060C Agriculture: Processing
Catalog Number 1957.112.0003a-b
Other number AM 0714
Imagefile 051\1957.112.0003.JPG
Species Separator, Cream
Owned by Fitzgerald, D.