Coffee Maker

Coffee maker, sheet aluminum, body comes apart into two pieces, plus lid. Bottom (A) for holding water/coffee, lighthouse shape, with widened top, flared bottom, straight spout, molded plastic (bakelite) handle, arched with flat top. Two double lines are engraved around body near top, which curves inward. Bottom is engraved: “deLuxe/ALUMINUM/WARE/A PRODUCT OF/WEST BEND ALUMINUM CO./WEST BEND, WIS., U.S.A./DES. PAT. NO. D116379/DES. PAT. NO. D116380”. (B) sits inside of (A), stacked-cylindrical body, lower third is narrower than top two-thirds, which has matching engraving to (A). When placed inside (A), the bottom third is not visible. Bottom has tiny holes for straining coffee grounds. Molded plastic (bakelite) handle, in shape of sideways “y”, which, when placed on (A), matches up to form a fluid design. (C) fits inside bottom of (B), tiered cylindrical shape, small holes, with metal shaft at top, coiled handle. Ground coffee would sit inside bottom of (B), (C) would sit on top of the grounds, and then hot water would be poured over, and would fill (A). (D) is top cover/lid, circular, almost flat top, with flange to sit inside and cover top of (B). Circular knob handle in center, molded plastic (bakelite).
Design patents:
US D 116379 S, August 29, 1939, Alfred F. Ramsthal, assignor to West Bend Aluminum Company, West Bend, Wisconsin, for “Design for a coffee server”
US D 116380 S, August 29, 1939, Alfred F. Ramsthal, assignor to West Bend Aluminum Company, West Bend, Wisconsin, for “Design for a coffee maker”
Maker is West Bend Aluminum Company, West Bend, Wisconsin, active 1911-present.
Currently not on view
Object Name
maker, coffee
date made
ca 1939
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
bakelite (handle material)
overall: 12 3/8 in x 10 in x 5 1/4 in; 31.4325 cm x 25.4 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: Wisconsin, West Bend
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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