Patent Model - Improvement in Holders for Plates While Being Warmed

Maker and role
William Stoutenborough, Patentee
Production date
Jan 31 1871
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Object detail

9 x 12 x 10" (22.9 x 30.5 x 25.4cm)
Stoutenborough addressed the issue his patent solved by saying: "In households, when it becomes necessary to warm plates for use at the table, said plates are generally placed one upon another in the oven or upon the top of a stove. When warmed in this manner they do not receive the same degree of warmth, and the lower plate, which is in contact with the heated plate of the stove frequently cracks and breaks from the heat."

His solution was "to provide a holder for plates that can be set upon the top of a stove, and in which the plates will receive an equal degree of warmth, and in which there will be no danger of the plates striking against each other, or falling out, or cracking with too great heat, or by the weight of the plates piled one upon another." (Patent Number 111,399)
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