Worker, butter; Cherry & Sons; [?]; CT78.737


Worker, butter

About this object

Butter worker; butter workers were used to extract the buttermilk from butter, after it has been churned. This particular rotary model was made by Cherry & Sons, and sold is Christchurch by Mason, Struthers and Co Ltd.

As one turned the crank the round table rotated to move the butter towards the roller and the roller also revolved to work the buttermilk out of the butter. The buttermilk drained towards the center of the table and could be caught in a bucket set under the table.


Cherry & Sons

Maker Role



Mason, Struthers & Co Ltd

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

Stamped on two sides of frame: "CHERRY & SONS No 1"

Printed label under crank: "SOLD BY / MASON, STRUTHERS & CO LTD / CHRISTCHURCH"


h 930mm x l 770mm x w 550mm (approximately)

Subject and Association Keywords

animal culture, cattle, dairy processing. dairy products

Subject and Association Keywords

animal culture, cattle, dairying

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

Object number


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