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"Ultra" pattern coffeepot; features a large, inverted ovoid body with conical, hinged lid topped by an ovoid knop on a short, fluted pedestal with conical base; two, low-relief, vertical ears of wheat are applied to sides of body and knop. Hollow, C-curve handle is pinned into thin insulators and flared sockets. Body perforated at shallow, S-curve spout. Underside struck with maker's mark, pattern number and 7-cup capacity mark. From a five-piece coffee and tea service, 1989.0700.07-.11.
Greek-American industrial designer John Vassos (1898-1985) designed the "Ultra" pattern in 1934 for R. Wallace & Sons Mfg. Co. of Wallingford, CT; 1871-present. "Ultra" flatware 1989.0700.01-.06, five-piece coffee and tea service 1989.0700.07-.11, and bowl 1989.0700.12, all belonged to the Vassos family.
Currently not on view
date made
1934 or later
year pattern introduced
1934 or later
place made
United States: Connecticut, Wallingford
place used
United States: New York, New York
United States: Connecticut, Norwalk
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
wood (insulators material)
overall: 10 1/4 in x 10 in x 5 in; 26.035 cm x 25.4 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Paul Johnes
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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