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Portable Steam Heater Patent Model

Portable Steam Heater Patent Model

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Description
Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 17,666) of a portable steam heater or radiator consisting of a flat-sided, horizontal rectangular steam chamber with oval side handles and arched legs that is mounted to a saucer-shaped boiler at bottom center; made by I. H. Chester of Cincinnati, OH, and patented on June 30, 1857. Boiler is fed through pipe with ball-shaped funnel at top center. Aircocks at top corners. Originally japanned or painted green; decorative scrollwork and invention name gilded across front. Paper tags stored with object and another tied with red wove ribbon to side handle are printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
radiator
Date made
1857-06-30
patent date
1857-06-30
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Physical Description
iron (steam chamber, boiler material)
tin (steam chamber, boiler material)
paint (decoration material)
gold (decoration material)
copper (rivets on steam chamber material)
brass (funnel, aircocks, handles, legs material)
Measurements
overall: 9 3/4 in x 12 5/8 in x 4 in; 24.765 cm x 32.0675 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
DL.251779
catalog number
251779
accession number
48890
patent number
17666
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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