Lee Valley & Veritas

Gardening Newsletter
  Volume 8, Issue 12 - December 2013  
 
What Is It?
What Is It?
 
Prior to large-scale production in creameries, butter was handmade in small home dairies. It was typically the farmer's wife who formed the churned butter into a cake using a mold, such as the large bowl shown, which also served to measure the amount.

The cake was usually pressed with a carved stamp or print, such as those shown here. The stamp not only decorated the butter, it also identified the farm that produced it. The patterns tended to vary by region. Yorkshire, England, for example, was associated with a thistle pattern. Pennsylvania Dutch craftsmen commonly carved tulips, hearts, sheaves of wheat and pineapples.
 
Butter Stamp   Butter Stamp
     
Butter Stamp   Butter Mold
 
 
 
 
     
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