More Dazey Churns ReproducedBy Mark Chervenka
More Dazey Churns Reproduced
Two more sizes of glass Dazey churns have been reproduced: a Round Label-style in a two-quart size and a Patent Dated-style in an eight-quart size. Both sizes are copies of originals. The new pieces were made in India for an American wholesaler. Reproductions were apparently first offered for sale in November 2003.
Neither of these new pieces are sold with the beater paddles and cranking mechanism found on originals. Each new size is sold with a plain metal screw-on lid.
But buyers still need to be careful, though, warns Dea Allen, a leading dealer in kitchen collectibles and a nationally recognized specialist in Dazey churns. "Mechanisms from original eight-quart Dazey churns will fit new eight-quart glass bodies," said Allen, "so you always need to carefully examine the glass base. Original mechanisms from the two-quart glass churns, though, do not fit the new two-quart churns."
Three other new Round Label-style churns have also been made including one-quart, one-pint and half-pint sizes (Fig. 6). Only the one-quart size was originally made by Dazey. The one-pint and half-pint sizes are fantasy items; no old Dazey originals were ever made in those sizes. Those three particular new pieces do include new mechanisms.
Another Patent Date-style churn was reproduced in a four-quart size in early 2002. Mechanisms from original four-quart churns will fit the new four-quart glass bodies.
There are several types of original Dazey churns. The types are identified by how factory markings are arranged, such as the Round Label-style shown in Fig. 1; the appearance of patent dates, such as the Patent Date-style in Fig. 4; or the shape of the tops or sides, such as Slope Shouldered and Bevel Edged. It is important to compare like styles when evaluating a churn's age and authenticity.
Dazey churns were invented in the early years of the 20th century by E.B. Jones who developed a small glass churn for home use. Nathan Dazey purchased Jones' business and relocated it in St. Louis, Missouri as the Dazey Churn & Manufacturing Co. Dazey churns were made up until about 1945. Although best known for its glass churns, the company also made metal churns. It also made can openers, knife sharpeners and other kitchen products.