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iconnumber posted 09-13-2000 07:39 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a silver coffee pot with following mark on bottom:

"Patented by JA S. Stimpson
1854 extended for seven years

Meriden B Company 1702

What can you tell me about it?


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iconnumber posted 09-15-2000 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What you have is not a coffee pot at all. Rather, it is a fascinating bit of Victoriana known as an insulated Ice Pitcher. Stimpson was one of several inventors who devoted a lot of effort towards developing an effective pitcher for ice water. In the days before electricity, ice water was a real luxury. As such, ice was not to be wasted! Stimpson's patent involved the use of a triple wall. The idea is a lot like that of a Thermos, but they didn't have the technology to create a vacuum between the walls. The result is a pitcher that just uses air an an insulator, and probably not very well.

Ice pitchers were very expensive, anywhere from $12 to $24 in 1870. Your pot probably matches the patent information on the bottom, and would date between 1854 and 1861. Stimpson would have assigned the patent to Meriden Britannia Company, one of the largest silverplate manufacturers in the country. Stimpson's design was not the best, and later ice pitchers used different technologies, like glass, porcelain and wood liners.

Note: Stimpson actually died before his patent was granted, and his executor, also a James Stimpson, actually filed the application. The patent is number 11,819.

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iconnumber posted 09-01-2008 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
James Stimpson is listed in the 1850 U S Federal Census for Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Mississippi in about 1780, and his occupation in 1850 was inventor of machinery.

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