Butter pats

Butter pats should not be confused with pats of butter. At a time when butter was not pre-wrapped, grocers used a couple of wooden paddles called butter pats to shape up a decent half pound of the substance. We have a pair of such pats at the museum.

Butter pats used at Clyffe Hall when it was a hotel in the 1940s

Butter pats used at Clyffe Hall when it was a hotel in the 1940s

These pats are lightly ridged and the total length is about 25 centimetres. Older readers may remember seeing grocers using these implements, showing amazing skill at getting the butter just as customers required it.

But this pair did not belong to a grocer. They come from a hotel – Clyffe Hall – and date from the 1940s. No doubt it was deemed essential to have very trim looking butter available for guests at such an establishment.

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