Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker for home canning and cooking.
A. Heavy cast aluminum cylindrical container, bail handle, wire with black painted wooden grip. Six wingnuts around the rim to hold the cooker cover in place. A loose inside panel (C) is perforated with 10 circular holes, sits on interior bottom.
B. Cover is slightly domed with flange to sit inside top of cylinder. Topped with two wooden knob vertical handles on either side, pressure gauge in center of cover, encased in red metal, two other metal gauges on top. Top of cover is debossed: "NATIONAL/PRESSURE COOKER/EAU CLAIRE WIS./12” has arrow that corresponds with engraved arrow on container.
National Presto Cooker Recipe Book, copyrighted 1953, in Object Document File (for models 603, 604, and 606). Mentions 4 patent numbers below.
2218188, October 15, 1940, Edward H. Wittenberg, Eau Claire, WI, for “Pressure cooker”
2297378, September 29, 1942, Edward H. Wittenberg, Eau Claire, WI, for “Pressure control and indicator gauge”
2429149, October 14, 1947, Edward H. Wittenberg, Eau Claire, WI, for “Pressure release device”
2627997, February 10, 1953, Edward H. Wittenberg, Eau Claire, WI, assignor for National Pressure Cooker Company, Eau Claire, WI, for “Safety lock for pressure cookers”
Maker is National Pressure Cooker Company, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, founded in 1905, as the "Northwestern Steel and Iron Works", now known as National Presto Industries.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cooker, pressure
date made
ca 1953
National Presto Industries
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
iron (overall material)
wood (handle grip material)
overall: 33 cm x 31 cm; 13 in x 12 3/16 in
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Eau Claire
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
Credit Line
Gift of Edgar Wolf, Jr.
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