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On this day in 1896, George T. Cook was granted U.S. Patent No. 565,260 for a EGG WHIPPER.

An excerpt from the patent states:

An egg and cake whipper has heretofore been formed of a series of bows with a different construction of handle in which the bows were made rigid with the handle at the point of union. By my improvements the  implement can be cheaply made without the use of solder. It is very durable and efficient, while at the same time the bows are yielding and elastic to better accommodate themselves to the blows of the user and to make them fit more closely to the walls of the pail, bowl, or other vessel in which the material is placed to be whipped or mixed.

When the bows are made rigid with the handle, they cannot yield except in the bows themselves, and when struck with much force they are liable to strain the wire at its junction with the handle, so that they often break off at that point. If the wires are  soldered, the acid has a tendency to weaken the wires and increase this tendency to break where the strain is brought to bear. When the wires are loosely connected, as in my construction, the bows may yield by the twisting or torsional strain of the wire shanks as well as by the elasticity of the bows themselves, and the wire shanks may even twist or turn in the outer flange of the handle-core. This not only relieves the wires from strain at any one particular point, so that they are not liable to break off by repeated strains, but the bows may twist and turn so as to flat down and hug closely the walls  of the pail or bowl, and as soon as the pressure is released they will resume their normal position. The wire shanks also form the grasping-surface of the handle and give the user a yielding, pleasant, and efficient hold.

I wish it distinctly understood that I do not limit myself to the precise details of construction, but desire to cover equivalents and such mechanical changes as may fairly fall within the spirit and scope of my invention.

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