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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 09, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House

It is a must if you are any kind of churn collector or a Louisville Kentucky history buff! This is a very rare antique swinging churn you need to take a look at adding to your collection. Designed, built, and patented by J.F. Hillerich & Son with all date estimates putting its build date in the mid to late 1800's. My grandmother has had this sitting in her basement for since the late 1940's. We'd like to see it go to someone who will enjoy it and the history it has. I can't explain how rare this item is. I can't find another one anyw

J.F. Hillerich & Son are the original builders of the first Louisville Slugger and went that direction in the late 1800's. Up until that first bat was built, this patented swinging churn was one of their principle products.

All in all, this churn is in Excellent Condition. The drum is solid and tight, and the frame has surface rust but is completely sound. The swinging action is very smooth. It looks like side handles were added to the churn and if so one of the handles is gone, and the other has had the wood piece replaced. I have attached link below and that one does not have these handles so they might need to come off to be accurate. A knob was replaced on the access door, and a new wood plug was made for the drain hole.

The writing on the sides of the churn has faded, but you can still make out the "J.F. Hillerich & Sons 16 First St. Louisville KY" on one side and the "Capacity from 1 - 4 gallons" on the other. To have this type of craftsmanship still intact is RARE. It is probably even more rare than the history involved with it and the family that built it. I've attached a small piece of that history for the background verification.

Please feel free to contact me with questions. I'll be happy to help if I can.

This is an antique and a delicate large item, so please contact me concerning shipping before bidding.

I accept Paypal, Cashier's Check, Money Order, or Cash in Hand. T needs to be e-mail communication within 3 days of sale with payment made within 7 days of sale. T is no warranty and no returns.

Thanks for looking and as always GOOD LUCK and HAPPY BIDDING!!

This link will show you a picture of this type church at the original facory.


The world's first bat factory, J.F. Hillerich, job turner, First Street between Market and Main Streets, Louisville, sometime between 1887 and 1892. Standing in the right side of the doorway is J.A. "Bud" Hillerich, who turned the first bat. Also seen in the doorway are a swing churn and a bedpost, the company's principal products. 87.44.559.

The story goes back to 1880, when young Bud Hillerich became an apprentice in his father's woodworking shop. The company made custom-turned bedposts, balusters, and even a special swinging butter churn that was a must-have consumer item of the time.

We do know that J. Fred wanted nothing to do with making bats. His business thrived on making roller skids, bed posts, tenpins, wooden bowling balls and a very popular, patented, swinging butter churn.