An antique collector from Harden, Steve Carter, has restored an old cream separator back to its former glory.
The RS10 Lister cream separator, made in Dursley, England, is about 100 years old.
It took Steve a few months, working on and off, to complete the project.
He's now working on an antique McCormick Deering cream separator, made in Chicago, USA.
The process can be fiddly. It helps having a good collection, Steve said.
"I have to take some pieces off this one, and a few pieces of that one to make it work. You have to sacrifice one to restore one sometimes," he said.
"It's worth it."
Steve has heaps of dairy antiques and bits and pieces he's collected during 40 years milking cows.
Milk bottles, tins, cans and tops, wooden and steel crates, all types of old butter churns, butterfat centrifuges and more.
Steve bought his first cream separator "a long time ago" at a second-hand shop in Harden.
He still collects today, and now finds people are reaching out to him looking to offload old dairy antiques.
Steve's founded the Cream Separator Collectors Association of Australia and is a member of Young's Old Machinery and Fine Junk.
It's been pretty quiet due to COVID-19, however he's plans to take his collection to the Clarendon Classic in September at Hawkesbury, as well as the Harden Show and National Cherry Festival.
"People love looking at them, they enjoy it," he said.
Steve encourages people interested to join the group and get involved.
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