Coffee Biggin

Three-part drip coffee maker with lion mask handles. Consists of a smaller upper section with domed cover topped by a mushroom knop that holds a removable, perforated basket for the coffee grounds; a larger lower section with bail-handled spigot for holding and serving the coffee; and a piercework-decorated base containing a spirit burner holder with heater or slug. All three sections are rectangular with rounded corners and friction fit together; folded seams. Tinning gone.
Currently not on view
Object Name
biggin, coffee
biggin, hot water
date made
ca 1850 - 1875
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
metal, white (knop; lion masks material)
brass (spigot material)
wood (spigot handle material)
iron, cast (heater material)
overall: 17 1/8 in x 8 in x 9 in; 43.4975 cm x 20.32 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Spencer F. Baird
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