Coffeepot Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 175,339) of a coffeepot consisting of an internal, cylindrical pot enclosed by a pit-bottom, exterior boiler or water reservoir to prevent the coffee from burning, made by Marilla H. Curtis of Toledo, OH, and patented on March 28, 1876. V-shaped spout with hinged lid at rim opens into the coffeepot, while the U-shaped spout below the molded band opens into the reservoir and is partially covered by a small hinged lid to permit steam to escape. Vented low-domed cover. Reinforced strap bail handle swings on riveted ears; two strap assist or lifting handles are on opposite sides near bottom. All seams, four on body and one along bottom, are folded. No marks.
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Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (rims; edges material)
porcelain (handles material)
overall: 11 5/8 in x 11 3/8 in x 9 in; 29.5275 cm x 28.8925 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, Toledo
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Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Smithsonian Institution
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