(or possibly a clothes washer) I believe 1880's. I bought this device in Memphis Tennessee about 10 years ago and no one knew what it was. I sent out emails to friends and some one told me to look on the internet. I did and still don't know what it is! The Machine is made of wood.It turns with a hand crank on one end, cradled in a stand with a box-like shelf underneath. The little short legs are hand whittled and are like large pegs, not uniform in diameter. There are wooden pegs driven into mortise and tenon joints on both the'drum' and the stand.
The bearing that the crank turns the drum in is wood on wood. There are 3 tapered'wedge slats' that hold the top on. The top has a'bung' hole with a'spatula' type thing in it, well worn, but I believe a wood plug would have gone there, that you can pour liquid in or out. Under the lid/top is the tank/tub/drum which is rectangular and has a set of three baffles inside. The two outside baffles are stationary but the center one will slide up and out and that is where the only damage is that I can find.
One of the'ears' that slides in a groove is broken off, but does not hinder the function of the baffle. It stays in place as required but will slide out when need be.This machine has been on display in my antique store for almost 10 years and everyone that sees it ask, "What is that"? I explain and they say, I've never seen anything like it. It's either a Butter Churn or a Washing Machine. The'drum', as we'll call it, with the wooden handle and the lid, weighs 40 lbs. The stand, shelf and feet weigh 17 lbs. The'drum' is 42" x 19" x 22 1/2 including handle.
The cradle is 31 3/4" x 23 1/2" x 29 1/2tall. With'drum' in cradle the whole thing is 42" x 24" x 44. The item "Antique Wooden Butter Churn or Washing Machine" is in sale since Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Butter Churns".The seller is "gm6hvac" and is located in Montgomery, Alabama. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.