My research on the machine has led me to believe it was from the Kappa Kappa Gamma, which is a woman's sorority founded in 1870. It was founded at Monmouth College, which is a private Presbyterian liberal arts college in Monmouth, Illinois.
I found this machine not far from the college, and the K. Painted on the tub points to this being used at this woman's sorority. The Universal wringer is all original including the white rubber rollers (deteriorating).The tub looks to have been varnished at some point in it's life, along with a fictitious Mfg By name that is hand painted on. There is no such company as M. Dholet Co, so this leads me to believe it could've been a gag gift, an award, or a teaching tool used by a favorite teacher. I welcome any input regarding information you'd have on this if you've seen this before.
The machine works as it should, with the handle turning the gears and agitator. Pump the handle the the whole thing comes to life! Wood is solid and all hinges, pins, bolts, etc are all in place to operate this.
I did not test it with water. The wringer moves the rollers.
I'd say this would be a good restaurant display item or movie prop! The item "Antique Wooden Barrel Washing Machine with Universal Wringer Kappa Kappa Gamma" is in sale since Friday, October 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Home & Hearth\Washing Machines".
beno" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.