What is this?

percolator-thumbOur exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it? To find out more,
coffee-percolator-set-1With widespread and inexpensive electricity becoming available in urban and many rural homes, manufacturers of both large and small electrical kitchen appliances were quick to identify an expanding market. By the 1920s household refrigerators were common, reducing the need for daily shopping. Blenders, waffle irons, coffee makers, toasters, dishwashers, and freezers all made kitchen chores easier.

This brilliant green ceramic coffee percolator was created around 1933 by the Fraunfelter China Company and distributed by the Manning Bowman & Company. It came with a set of six cups and saucers. It would plug into an electric socket and continually boil the grounds.

coffee-percolator-set-2This specific ceramic and metal electric percolator set was not advertised in Manning Bowman & Co. materials in the Connecticut Historical Society library. However, similar all-metal items, such as a single percolator or coffee services consisting of an urn, creamer, sugar, and tray, were advertised. Percolators came in three different sizes, to accommodate four, six, or nine cups of coffee. In 1937 Manning, Bowman & Co. advertising materials, metal percolators sold for $5.95 – $9.95, and metal coffee services sold for $15.95 – $34.95.

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