Sunbeam Multi-Cooker Frypan

Electric frying pan/wok.
A. Cast aluminum, Teflon coated, square-shaped pan with rounded corners; pale yellow exterior, black interior; heating element encased in bottom and covered with black metal; wide flat bar handles of black plastic at sides double as stand. Plug attachment on side, black bent metal casing, two silver metal prongs. Top of plug attachment has sticker attached, black printed on silver: “BACON—340 FISH—380/CAKE—300 FRIES—320/CHILI—225 HAM—340/CHOPS—360 LIVER—360/EGGS—300 STEAK—420”. Bottom of pan is stamped: “CAUTION/TO AVOID CONTACT BETWEEN HOT PAN BOTTOM/AND TABLE TOP—ALWAYS ATTACH HANDLE ASSEMBLY TO FRYPAN BEFORE USING/1250 WATTS 120 VOLTS A C ONLY/COMPLETELY IMMERSIBLE/USE WITH WALL OR BASE/RECEPTACLE ONLY”; Plug attachment is stamped: “SW/SUNBEAM CORPORATION.CHICAGO USA/SERVICE NO. FP-BD/USE ONLY SUNBEAM/TEMPERATURE CONTROLLING/PLUGS WITH THIS APPLIANCE/UL/R/LISTED 425A”. Dust/dirt over all surfaces.
B. Tall cover, yellow exterior, with open/close vent holes at top; black plastic bar finial handle at top, middle, debossed with “Sunbeam” logo in cursive. Molded plastic grip handle at front, black.
C. Detachable, black rubber power cord with “Sunbeam HEAT CONTROL” dial. Bottom embossed: “Sunbeam/HEAT CONTROL/MODEL RC/CAUTION/DO NOT IMMERSE/IN ANY LIQUID/1550 W 120 V AC ONLY/SUNBEAM CORP./CHICAGO, U.S.A./SERVICE NO. RC-C”
Also includes recipe booklet, “Sunbeam Portable Electric Cookery” and instruction leaflet, copyright 1972.
Maker is Sunbeam Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, originally founded in the early 1890s as Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. 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
pan, frying electric
date made
ca 1972
Sunbeam Corp.
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
plastic (cord material)
plastic (handles material)
rubber (cord material)
overall: 8 5/8 in x 15 3/4 in x 11 5/8 in; 21.9075 cm x 40.005 cm x 29.5275 cm
overall: 17.8 cm x 43.2 cm x 33 cm; 7 in x 17 in x 13 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
place used
United States: Maryland, Bethesda
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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