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    Thermos Pitcher with Base and Lid

    • Designer: Henry Dreyfuss, American, 1904-1972
    • Manufacturer: The American Thermos Bottle Company, 1907-1956
    • Medium: Aluminum, steel (?), glass, rubber
    • Place Manufactured: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
    • 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
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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    • Accession Number: 83.108.3a-c
    • Credit Line: Gift of Paul F. Walter
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • 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
    • Image: group, 83.108.3_83.108.4_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • 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.
    • Record Completeness: Best (80%)
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    Recent Comments
    19:29 07/12/2009
    Is the patent number of 549 correct? I have one of these, but the patent # on the bottom is 539. Wondering if there are two models?
    By Donna Guy
    13:23 07/13/2009
    Hi Donna, it appears that Dallas Museum of Art also has a No 549 in their collection as well:

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