Mudge Patent Canner and Sterilizer

Four-jar canner and sterilizer consisting of a square, copper-bottom tank with four perforated collars on top that hold four, tall, cylindrical covers with wire bail handles and rounded, spun-copper, friction-fit tops inverted at their centers. Screw-cap opening at one top corner of tank also functions as a low water alarm whistle; two oval wire handles are on opposite sides. Folded seams. Rectangular, beaded-edge, brass tag mounted to side of tank is embossed "JOHN L. CAUMER CO. / MAKERS / PHILADELPHIA"; clipped-corner, beaded-edge brass tags on the covers read "MUDGE (arched) / PATENT / CANNER (curved)".
This device is named for Charles F. Mudge of Eskridge, KS, who received U.S. Patent No. 346,122 on July 27, 1886, for his "canning apparatus". Originally came with an adjustable can lifter and booklet containing instructions and recipes.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1886
patent date
Physical Description
iron (tank sides and top; cylinders material)
tin (tank sides and top; cylinders material)
copper (tank bottom; cylinder tops material)
iron wire (tank and cylinder handles material)
wood (cylinder handles material)
paint (cylinder handles material)
brass (tags material)
overall: 14 in x 13 1/8 in x 13 1/8 in; 35.56 cm x 33.3375 cm x 33.3375 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place patented
United States: Kansas, Eskridge
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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