Coffee Biggin

Three-part, cylindrical drip coffee maker inscribed across middle above spigot "Presented to Ex-Foreman, / Isaac Hale Jr. / By / Neptune Fire Association No. 8 / on the twelfth anniversary of his / Marriage / Nov 1864." Consists of a smaller upper section with bell-domed cover topped by a cast pheasant finial that has a perforated bottom to hold the coffee grounds; a larger lower section with four, equidistant, vertical, flat bands and a spigot with fleur-de-lis handle for holding and serving the coffee; and a piercework-decorated base on four, scrolled tab feet that contained a spirit burner. All three sections friction fit together. Folded seams and riveted construction. Separate, conical handled tamper stored inside upper section.
Currently not on view
Object Name
biggin, coffee
date made
date presented
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
metal, white (finial; spigot material)
overall: 20 5/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 10 in; 52.3875 cm x 23.8125 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Newburyport
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 Kenneth E. Jewett
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