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Portable Water Heater Patent Model

Portable Water Heater Patent Model

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Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 26,595) of a portable, alcohol or spirit water heater for household and travel use, made by James M. Jay and John Danner of Canton, OH, and patented on December 27, 1859. Consists of a circular, three-part, collapsible burner with slotted top and bottom sections; a water reservoir pan with fustrum of a cone at center; and a flat, friction-fit cover with tag on outside bearing maker's name, place and date. Original patent tag and two reproduction tags with red wove ribbon are printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
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Object Name
heater, water
Date made
patent date
Jay, James
Danner, John
place made
United States: Ohio, Canton
associated place
United States: Alabama, Canton Bend
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
copper (pins material)
metal, white (nametag material)
overall: 1 5/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 4.1275 cm x 13.6525 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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