Sunbeam Coffeemaster

Description
Vacuum coffee maker. Metal body (A & B), chrome-plated, double-bulb-shaped. Lower pot (A) has molded plastic handle, black, arched with pointed top. Metal lid (C), circular, stacked, with thin openings, molded plastic knob at top, black, flange to sit into upper “brew pot”, which has interior circular metal filter holder at bottom (fabric filter still in place) and is held on top of lower pot with black rubber gasket. Lower pot has out-turned lip and spout (opposite handle) at top, 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) with metal coiled spring attaches under handle.
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 embossed and printed at front bottom of lower pot.
Printed on bottom: “Sunbeam/COFFEEMASTER/MODEL C20-B/FOR A.C. ONLY/MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/CHICAGO FLEXIBLE SHAFT CO./CHICAGO/110-120 V. 1000 W./U.S. PAT. 1994323, 2223450/ OTHER PATS. APPLD. FOR/DES. 113,512 113,513, 113,514/CAUTION/USE WITH WALL RECEPTACLE ONLY/DO NOT IMMERSE VESSEL IN WATER/KEEP SWITCH/DRY”
Patents:
US 1994323 S, Mar 12, 1935, Inez H. Pierce, for “Coffee extracting device”
US 2223450 S, Dec 3, 1940, for “Coffee maker”
113512, February 28, 1939; 113513, February 28, 1939, for “Design for a coffee pot”; 113514, February 28, 1939, for “Design for a coffee maker bowl”, Alfonso Iannelli
Maker is Chicago Flexible Shaft Co., Chicago, Illinois and 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
maker, coffee, electric
date made
ca 1946
maker
Chicago Flexible Shaft Company
Sunbeam Corporation
Physical Description
metal, chrome-plated (overall material)
plastic (handle; base material)
metal, chrome-plated (cover material)
plastic (cover material)
fabric (filter material)
Measurements
overall, coffee maker: 12 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 32.0675 cm x 20.955 cm x 16.51 cm
overall, filter and packaging: 5 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 13.335 cm x 14.2875 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
1988.3012.05
nonaccession number
1988.3012
catalog number
1988.3012.05
subject
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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