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Thermos Pitcher with Base and Lid

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Aluminum, steel (?), glass, rubber
DATES 1935
DIMENSIONS 7 1/4 x 7 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (18.4 x 18.7 x 14.3 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Molded on underside of base (b): in ring around outer edge, "THE AMERICAN THERMOS BOTTLE CO. / NORWICH, CONN. U.S.A." and, in center, "THE ONLY / THERMOS / REG. U.S. PAT. OFFICE / No 549 / VACUUM BOTTLE / DESIGNED BY / [in script, facsimile signature] Henry Dreyfuss."
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Insulated pitcher (a) with base (b) and lid (c). (a) Elongated hemispherical rust-colored enamel body with chromed metal strap handle and oval chromed neck. (b) Aluminum base has four striations and unscrews. (c) Aluminum lid has molded drop and bar on underside with inserted rubber hemisphere to fit into mouth and pouring channel of pitcher. CONDITION: (a) Metal parts have bubbling and nicks throughout. Enameled body with numerous scuffs and scratches, the most noticeable directly below front of spout and to proper right of handle on side. (b) Bubbling and wear throughout. (c) Top with line of bubbling, rubber on underside dried out with some corrosion.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972). Thermos Pitcher with Base and Lid, 1935. Aluminum, steel (?), glass, rubber, 7 1/4 x 7 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (18.4 x 18.7 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 83.108.3a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 83.108.3_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 83.108.3_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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