Steam Cooker Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 176,524) of a steam cooker, made by Charles Elmore of Berea, OH, and patented on April 25, 1876. Consists of three square pans with heavy beaded rims; the top one has a pyramidal cover with arched strap handle and a removable, perforated basket with wire bracket bail handle, and the bottom one is a boiler with collared circular opening. No marks. Pieces of three darkened paper tags stored with the object are printed and handwritten with patent information.
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Object Name
cooker, steamer
patent date
Elmore, Charles
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; basket handle material)
overall: 7 3/8 in x 9 in x 7 5/8 in; 18.7325 cm x 22.86 cm x 19.3675 cm
lid: 1 5/8 in x 6 11/16 in x 6 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 16.98625 cm x 17.145 cm
tray (handle flat): 2 1/8 in x 6 7/16 in x 6 in; 5.3975 cm x 16.35125 cm x 15.24 cm
upper section: 3 3/4 in x 8 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 9.525 cm x 21.2725 cm x 19.3675 cm
mid section: 1 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 7 5/8 in; 3.81 cm x 19.685 cm x 19.3675 cm
base: 2 11/16 in x 8 1/2 in x 7 11/16 in; 6.82625 cm x 21.59 cm x 19.52625 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Berea
associated place
United States: Ohio, Berea
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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