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Butter Pats - Pair of butter pats

From the Collection of Greensborough Historical Society 34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty Lower Plenty Victoria

Description
Wooden butter pats with handle. One side is ribbed, the other smooth.
Size
23 x 7 cm
Object Registration
1052
Keywords
butter pats, butter making, nancy fowkes
Historical information
These wooden butter pats were used to shape butter into bricks; making butter ready for sale and use. The excess moisture would be squeezed out of the butter; which was then transferred to a wooden board. The butter maker would hold one of these pats in each hand and work the butter into shape. These wooden pats are thin; light and easy to hold. The inside face is serrated to grip the butter and squeeze out any further water. It was also used to make patterns on the finished butter.
When Made
1920-1930
Made By
Unknown (Maker)
Significance
An original pair of butter pats. Given to a Greensborough local in 1975, but used by the previous owner and her mother.
Last updated
30 Aug 2017 at 4:39PM