A staple of every kitchen during most of the mid-century and some years before, the hand cranked egg beater was the most popular gadget for scrambling eggs. This one is stamped with a small A & J within a diamond-shaped border and bears a patent date of October 9, 1923 as well as Made in U.S.A. Originally belonged to my grandmother who was married in 1927. Until recently, it was also used in my own kitchen for many years.
Hand operated egg beaters were invented in the middle of the 19th century and by the end of the century, a design similar to this one had sold more than four million. At the time there was even a similar design to churn butter. This one can still get the job done. Or it could also be used for display in the old fashioned country decor. Measures 9-3/4 inches long. Metal is worn indicating its years of use. The only bit of rust is at the top on the inside where the handle is joined.