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PlacesWills Ridge (Alum Ridge District)
- Height: 4 inches
- Diameter at base: 4 3/4 inches
- Diameter at top: 3 1/2 inches
- Height of handle: 4 inches
This wooden bell has a hole drilled in the top for a short handle attached to a wooden print with carved floral design bordered with two concentric circles. Freshly churned butter would be packed in the bell, then pushed out onto a saucer by using the handle as a plunger.
KeywordsButter mold, butter press, butter bell
This mold was purchased at a Mannon family auction. Prior to World War II, most of the county farmers kept milk cows for home use and most kitchens would have had a similar tool.