The Prince of Churns - Dazey

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Please check out the other pages as you will find some very interesting information on butter churns.

If you are in need of screens, paddles or handles, let us know as we keep a supply of re-manufactured items on hand.

We are looking for a Dazey Butter Churn Holder and would pay top dollar to find this item. You might also look around for the Dazey pencil sharpeners, Coffee Dispensers, pop bottle openers. We would be interested if you would happen to find these items. We also have for sale a one quart round label Dazey Butter churn jars, mint condition. If interested, contact us.

We are constantly looking for the unusual. If you have tops, bottoms and etc, please contact us as we do buy these items. Part of the fun is looking for a top to a bottom we have or visa versa. We buy butter churns, mayo mixers, cream whippers, egg beaters, pot and pan scrappers, Aunt Jemima items, advertising shoe horns, and coffee scoops. We also look for red wing water coolers, and lids for them. If you find something that is too unusual and is too expensive, call or e-mail us and if we buy the item you gave us a lead on we will pay a 10% buyers premium. At this time we are looking for a round jar, 13 to 14 inches tall, with a 5 3/4 inch neck and may be marked with an 8L on the bottom. This is for a German Butter churn.

Please keep checking our page as we are working at adding material as time permits. We have quite a large collection of butter churns including but not all Dazey. We also specialize in cast iron egg beaters, mayo mixers, pot and pan scrappers and etc. We do appreciate the input of all collectors and would appreciate a call. The following article was written for an antique publication in California and was used in the "Kooks" newsletter. So on with our story:

Would you believe that you would see the day a dazey churn would bring $2000+ at an auction. A collector from Missouri recently attended an auction in Sedalia where a one quart Dazey brought $271 0. At an auction in Columbia, MO., a beveled edge one quart Dazey rang up to $2500 and a round label one quart Dazey sold at $2100.

We have been collecting Dazey and other churns for seventeen years. When we started, we thought that the prices at that time were outlandish, but as you can see from the prices paid recently, we had real bargains years ago. I will tell our story dealing with Dazey churns.

Our first quart Dazey was purchased in two parts. Butch found the top in a junk store for $12.50 and through an ad in the Antique Trader, the jar was bought for $280. I growled that I had to pay that much for a jar. In years past, you could purchase a common dazey no. 40 for around $45 at any auction. I was spoiled.

As time goes on, we are finding more and more collectors of Dazey churns. The new collector is quite aggressive and the prices continue to escalate to a point where they are getting out of reach of the older collector. When the new breed discovered that Dazey not only produced different sizes, they also produced different styles; the race is on to complete a collection containing all the various sizes and styles. We have also encountered the real die-hard Dazey collector, who has found most of the Dazey churns and needs another challenge, has now turned to another search; the search for egg beaters, mayonnaise mixers and the like. Butch and I are among the guilty.

In 1904, E.B. Jones had a small glass butter chum that he interested Nathan P. Dazey in. Dazey thought the principle was good for making butter, even though he thought that a very crude dasher was used. Jones who was already in financial striates became ill and sent for Dazey to make a deal to market the chum. Dazey in his generosity told Jones that he would organize the advertising campaign, give him one third interest in the new company, and lend him money to pay his debts and give him a salary until the company got started. Dazey went to St. Louis and started the business. Jones got better, but was bored sitting around and sold his interest back to Dazey for $1500. Dazey eventually sold Jones' interest to a man named Pollvogt who eventually sold his share for a half a million dollars. In 1910 Nathan's son Jack came into the business and the company began to grow. The company added other size churns as well as electric churns up to ten gallons. During World War I, there was a shortage of butter and Dazey developed a churn where you could add one pound of butter and one pound of milk and end up with two pounds of butter. The company did very well during the war. In the late 1920's Dazey introduced a wall type can opener with a cutting wheel that revolutionized the can opener industry. At this time the churn business was beginning to decline due to many farmers moving to the cities and Dazey began producing other kitchen items. During World War II, Dazey manufactured heavy-duty can openers for our government along with 20 mm shells. In 1947 Dazey sold the company to a group of investors. This group wasn't successful and a few years later sold the company to Landers, Frary and Clark, the manufacturers of Universal products. In the early 50's Dazey sold to the Rival Company the Dazey name and products were sold under the Dazey name to various outlets.

For your information, we received this informative e-mail and will share it. 
We do appreciate Mr. Richolson contacting us. 

Hi Butch:
My name is Ron Nicholson and I have been reading your Dazey history. 
 I worked for Dazey when they were in Kansas City, Mo.
 I believe your statement that Dazey was purchased by Rival is incorrect.
 I was told that Mr. H. J. Talge purchased Dazey and moved it to Kansas City, Mo and introduced electric kitchen appliances to the company.
Perhaps the confusion occurs because Mr. Talge started Rival and sold the company before buying Dazey. Mr. H. J. Talge
served as chairman of the board, his oldest grandson Steve Talge was President of Dazey and the younger grandson,
 Lisle Talge was V.P of Dazey in charge of engineering and my boss. 
The middle generation, Foster Talge was active with Rival
 but became inactive when his family bought Dazey.
Rival and Dazey were fierce competitors over the years.
Mr. H.J. Talge was an interesting character and an old time business associate
with Harry Truman in the haberdashery business along with Eddie Jacobson.
Currently my wife and I own and operate Faithful Peddler Antique Mall in Lamar, Mo.. As a side line, I met my wife when working at Dazey.
Enjoyed Your web site
Ron Nicholson

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