Steam Cooker

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 124,256) of a set of oval pans for baking, roasting and cooking, made by Thomas J. T. Cummings of Fort Wayne, IN, and patented on March 5, 1872. Consists of an exterior cover and bottom, two interior pans, and a set of four circular bands. The tall cover fits inside the shallow bottom, which has supports inside to prevent the interior pans from coming into contact with it. The straight-sided pan can be used alone or with the tapered pan nested inside of it; the four bands can be placed underneath for additional support. Folded and riveted construction. All pans with oval wire ring handles. No marks.
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Object Name
pan, baking
pan, roasting
patent date
Cummings, Thomas J. T.
Physical Description
steel (exterior pans; straight interior pan; circular bands material)
iron (tapered interior pan material)
tin (tapered interior pan material)
iron wire (handles material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 13 in x 7 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 33.02 cm x 19.685 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Fort Wayne
associated place
United States: Indiana, Fort Wayne
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession 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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