Steam Cooker Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 77,702) of a two-pot, vegetable steamer or cooker, made by Heinrich A. Zopff of Milwaukee, WI, and patented on May 5, 1868. The upper pot is double-walled with a perforated liner and covered conical bottom for catching the steam, while the lower pot has a copper pit bottom. Both are wire-rimmed with two, horizontal, arched strap handles and vertical folded seams. Concave cover has an arched strap handle, folded edge, and soft-soldered lapped-seam flange. Brass oval metal tag on upper pot is engraved in script "H.A. Zopff / Milwaukee / Wisconsin". Two darkened paper tags tied to one handle with red or purple (faded) wove ribbon and white string are printed and handwritten with the patent information.
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Object Name
cooker, steam
date made
ca 1868
patent date
Physical Description
tinned sheet iron (overall material)
wire, iron (rims material)
copper (pit bottom material)
brass (maker's tag material)
overall: 11 5/8 in x 10 1/8 in x 8 in; 29.5275 cm x 25.7175 cm x 20.32 cm
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
place patented
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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