The Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer is synonymous with vintage and antique milkshake makers from the early 1920’s through the 1960’s. Even today Hamilton Beach is known for their milkshake makers, but the true age of malts and shakes were over 50 years ago. Thanks to a resurgence of everything old, classic diners are bringing back the vintage and antique look that made them the hang out spots of young adults.
Recently Kathleen and I added the classic Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer to our collection. I am not sure if it was a milkshake we had earlier that day and the fact that we had eaten in a diner or maybe it had something to do with us watching milkshakes being prepared in a Hamilton Beach sort of way. What ever it was, by chance or fate, we happened upon a Hamilton Beach milkshake Mixer (Jadeite Green Model 30 Malt Drink Mixer).
Kathleen and I were a little out of our element with a Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer purchase. We knew that vintage and antique milkshake mixers typically cost around $80-$150, so finding one under that price is usually a good deal. As it turns out the price marked was $72, so we perked up a bit. After inspecting the mixer and looking at the cord wear, everything seemed in really good order. There was no rust or other markings that would indicate a lot of wear or misuse.
Rule #2734 – Always ask for a discount. We did and found out the mixer was actually 30% off retail price. Instead of the $72 price tag, we got it for much less. Love that! Actually as an antique picker, one of the main rules of picking is to never pay full price. Negotiation can be quite fun.
Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer – Overview
We have seen vintage / antique Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixers in 4 different colors (mint green, white, silver and black). The mint green ones are obviously the coolest looking ones of the bunch. We haven’t seen any in red or blue and I am not sure any were made in that color. I do know there are some competitors that had red colored ones.
The mixers approximate dimensions are:
- Width: 6.5″
- Depth: 7″
- Height: 18″
The antique / vintage Hamilton Beach milkshake mixer models are made from castiron and have porcelain finish and a chrome plated motor.
To operate a Hamilton Beach milkshake mixer, you need to do 3 things. The first of course is to plug in the unit. Next flip the “on switch”. The “on switch” on our unit is located at the back of the unit. Lastly is to place a stainless steel milkshake cup into the cup guide, which activates the unit. We had the antique store clerk pug it in to see how it ran and it spun perfectly.
Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer – Determining Age
When ever possible, we always try to find patent numbers. These give you an excellent idea of how to determine the age of a product. Sometimes, patent numbers don’t exist, so then your left to your own devices. When searching around the internet my go to tools are Esty, Pinterest, Ebay and Google Images. If an image exists, you will probably find something that looks like your antique pick.
The Hamilton Beach unit looked older than many of the models I had seen before and I couldn’t wait to get home to see what the age was. I figured it was probably 50’s or 60’s. Upon inspecting the milkshake mixer, I found that there were a few patents submitted by T. B. Myers (225436) & A. W. Seyfried (2270480) that were dated 1941 and 1942. Based on these, I put the Hamilton Beach milkshake mixer age somewhere from 1942 – 1950. I haven’t found exactly when the model 30’s were produced, but I assume it was around that time frame. This of course isn’t an exact science, since I don’t have all the facts.
I have seen several models of the Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer. The lower the model number the earlier the mixer was made. Model 8 and 10s for example were probably made in the 1920’s, Model 25s were made in the 1930’s, Model 30’s were made after 1940. The cords and pugs are another give away. Early plugs are normally round and wide and the cords made out of cloth.
The milkshake machines prior to 1940 had fixed agitators with non moving parts. The agitator is the fixed circular disc at the end of the mixer shaft. The first mixers only had one. As time went on a 2nd one was added further up the shaft from the first.
If you can find a model 25 or prior for under $100 it is a fantastic deal, since these are quite old. Just make sure the mixer actually runs prior to purchase.
Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer – History
The Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company was Founded in April 1910 by inventor Frederick J. Osius. The company’s name is derived from Louis Hamilton and Chester Beach who were hired on by Frederick. The first drink mixer produced by Hamilton Beach was called the Cyclone and was introduced in 1911.
Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer – Competitors
The Gilchrist Company produced a really nice milkshake malt mixer from 1902 to 1926 under the supervision of Raymond B. Gilchrist. Several patents pertaining to mixers were applied for in 1922 and were approved a year later. These were pretty advanced when they came out. The mixers were white porcelain clad with a metal base and a chromed motor casing. I think these might have been originally equipped with glassware instead of stainless steel cups. In March 1925 a lawsuit ensued between Gilchrist and Hamilton Beach. Hamilton Beach appears to have won the lawsuit and I guess the rest is history. Gilchrist’s company ceased in 1926. One important note was Gilchrist created some really fabulous ice cream scoopers.
Horlick (William Horlick Jr – Horlick’s Malted Milk Company) Dumore produced a milkshake mixer. The mixer consisted of 3 parts. The cup, the motor with a single agitator and a housing stand. The motor was made by the Wisconsin Electric Company. William Horlick from Racine Wisconsin was most famous for inventing the U.S. Patents 278967 (Jun 5, 1883) & 627119 (Jun 20, 1899) – for Malted Milk. I found a site that has a lot of information on Horlick History.
In the 50’s another company by the name of Premier Industries Corporation produced the Champion Mixer. I have seen a few of these, but I don’t know much about them.
To find out more about the Hamilton Beach Milkshake Mixer visit their website.
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