Portable Oven Patent Model

Portable Oven Patent Model

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Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 34,726) of a portable bake oven, made by George W. Ayres of Rahway, NJ, and patented on March 18, 1862. Consists of a double-shelled, round-arched body with door at one end on a flat, hollow base containing two furnaces or fireboxes with perforated sides, one running the width of each end, and a diagonal reflector between them. The inner shell is a flue surrounding the oven with two chimneys of smoke pipes. The outer shell is an insulating cavity to be filled with sand; openings for filling and emptying its contents are at the middle of each side. No marks on object, but paper tags tied with red wove ribbon to one smoke pipe and stored with object are printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
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Object Name
oven, model
oven, bake, portable
Date made
patent date
Ayers, George W.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Rahway
associated place
United States: New Jersey, Rahway
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
overall: 8 7/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 22.5425 cm x 18.415 cm x 29.845 cm
ID Number
accession number
patent number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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