Sunbeam Coffeemaster

Vacuum coffee maker. Metal body (A & B), chrome-plated, double-bulb-shaped, molded plastic handles, black, arched with pointed tops. Molded plastic lid (C), black, circular, stacked, with knob at top, flange to sit into upper “brew pot”, which has interior circular metal filter at bottom and is held on top of lower pot with black rubber gasket. Lower pot has engraved art deco style line motif at front and back of metal body, which has an attached molded plastic base, black, with four small legs, streamlined. Detachable black rubber two-prong electric cord (D) attaches under handle. Accompanying stand (E), for holding upper brew-pot and interior metal filter, upside down (to dry), bent metal wire, three tiers, two circular metal loops, small circular metal drip catcher at bottom, circular bent metal wire base.
Designed by Alfonso Ianelli (1888-1965), a designer in the early to mid-twentieth century best known for his consumer product design and collaboration with Frank Lloyd Wright on his 1914 Midway Gardens project early in his career. He also taught industrial design at the Art Institute of Chicago.
"HIGH/LOW" switch at front, bottom of lower pot (A). Printed on bottom: “Sunbeam/COFFEEMASTER/MODEL C30C/FOR A.C. ONLY/MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/SUNBEAM CORPORATION/CHICAGO, U.S.A. – TORONTO, CANADA/U.S. PAT. 1994323 2223450, 2312555/2345262, 2345264 2345265/DES. 113512 113513, 113514/CANADA PATENTED 1939-42-44/C.S.A. APPROVAL NO. 8402/ 110-120 V. 1000 W./CAUTION/DO NOT IMMERSE VESSEL IN WATER/KEEP SWITCH DRY/USE WITH WALL OR BASE/RECEPTACLE ONLY”; “UL” (United Laboratories, 1894-present) mark.
US 1994323 S, Mar 12, 1935, Inez H. Pierce, for “Coffee extracting device”
US 2223450 S, Dec 3, 1940, for “Coffee maker”; US 2345265 S, Mar 28, 1944, for “Filter assembly for coffee makers”, Ivar Jepson and Eric Bylund
2312555 , Mar 2, 1943, for “Coffee maker”; US 2345264 S, Mar 28, 1944, for “Coffee maker”, Ivar Jepson
2345262, Mar 28, 1944, Eric Bylund, Ivar Jepson, and Ludvik J. Koci, for “Filter assembly for coffee makers”
113512, February 28, 1939; 113513, Feb 28, 1939, for “Design for a coffee pot”; 113514, Feb 28, 1939, for “Design for a coffee maker bowl”, Alfonso Iannelli
Maker is Sunbeam Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.
All patents are held by assignors to Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., founded in the early 1890s by John K. Stewart and Thomas J. Clark, primarily manufacturing mechanical horse clippers and sheep shearers. In 1946 Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. became Sunbeam Corporation.
Currently not on view
Object Name
maker, coffee, electric
date made
ca 1946
Sunbeam Corp.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (handle; base; cover material)
rubber (electric cord material)
overall, coffee maker: 12 3/4 in x 7 in x 6 1/2 in; 32.385 cm x 17.78 cm x 16.51 cm
overall, stand: 5 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 14.605 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Edgar Wolf, Jr.
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