Bundt Pan with Teflon Coating

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Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware produced this Bundt pan with blue Teflon coating in the 1960s.The Bundt pan was one of Nordic Ware’s most successful products, but early Bundt pans had to be floured and greased with shortening to prevent the cake from sticking. When Nordic Ware licensed the non-stick Teflon coating from DuPont in 1964, sales boomed.
Nordic Ware
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
aluminum, cast (overall material)
grey; blue (overall color)
teflon-coated (interior material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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