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Manning Bowman Patents

I have recently tracked down a few of the early patents that are stamped into the bottom of some of the Manning Bowman percolators. There was a total of seven US Patents that were issued and assigned to Manning-Bowman between 1852 and 1906. I will list the most referred to patents first. 

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U.S. patent 35,457 issued June 3rd 1862, was the first patent issued to Manning Bowman. This patent covered the attachment of the lower bottom, which could withstand heat, and  how-to affix this bottom to Britannia metal.
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U. S. Patent 107,025 granted Feb. 6, 1877 granted to Edward B Manning for method for attaching handles to a glazed metal bodies
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U. S. Patent 305,942 granted on September 30th 1884 was for the Manning Bowman Good Morning Coffee Pot. This was essentially a drip coffee pot that was so popular it was sold into the 20th Century.

U.S. patent 618,366 issued on January 24th 1899. This Manning Bowman patent was for for how the handle was attached to the pot.
The U.S. patent that is mentioned the most frequently is
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U.S. Patent Number 752,113 issued on February 16th 1904. The design from this patent was used briefly for a few months being replaced by U.S. Patent Number 772,498 shown above.
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U.S. Patent Number 772,498 issued on October 18th 1904 was focused on a new and improved perforated screen held in place by springs. This type of filter attachment quickly replaced Patent Number 752,113 issued on Feb. 16th 1904.
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The Nov. 8, 1904 U.S. Patent Number 774,278 is referred to extensively when people write their description, but most people are unaware of what this patent describes. This was the U.S. Patent for the Alcohol Lamp that was used to heat the pot.
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The U.S. Patent mentioned most frequently is Number 821,125, issued on May 22nd 1906. This patent is for the locking mechanism that attaches the base to the urn
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Perfection Granite Ironware

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Manning Bowman Agateware History


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U.S. Patent number 177,953 was granted to Fredrick and William Niedringhaus, founders of The St. Louis Stamping Company in St Louis MO. This patent was used for the gray mottled enamelware sold by Manning Bowman and others.

In a recent conversation with Alan Weathers, the Curator of the Meriden Historical Society, he said Manning Bowman stamped the handles, tops and the spouts of the pieces, while the St. Louis Stamping Company made the graniteware bodies. This postcard states that Manning Bowman made Mounted Graniteware, Planished and Rolled Metal Goods while The St. Louis Stamping Company manufactured Kitchen Granite Ironware, Stamped and Sheet Metal Goods. It's amazing how one small postcard can shed light on the relationship formed between these companies. My Manning Bowman catalog dated 1885 shows a piece made by Manning Bowman that is exactly the same as the piece stamped by the St. Louis Stamping Company. The page shown on the right is from my 1885 Manning Bowman catalog.

June 5,1883 patent number 279,094 was issued to the Lalance & Grosjean Manufacturing Company of New York NY. was the patent used for the Decorated Pearl Agateware sold by Manning Bowman and other companies. I believe that Manning Bowman manufactured the handles, tops and spouts shown shown in this picture. Manning Bowman along with other sales representatives sold the completed graniteware items.

The St. Louis Stamping Company used a very distinctive mark. A very interesting relationship was formed between The Manning Bowman Company and The St. Louis Stamping Company. In a recent conversation with the Curator of the Meriden Historical Society, Alan Weathers, I read to him this 1884 postcard and Mr. Weathers believes Manning Bowman stamped the handles, tops and the spouts of the pieces, while the St. Louis Stamping Company made the graniteware bodies. If you read this postcard it states that Manning Bowman made Mounted Graniteware, Planished and Rolled Metal Goods while The St. Louis Stamping Company manufactured Kitchen Granite Ironware, Stamped and Sheet Metal Goods. It's amazing how one small postcard can shed light on the relationship formed between these companies. My Manning Bowman catalog dated 1885 shows a piece made by Manning Bowman that is exactly the same as the piece stamped by the St. Louis Stamping Company.
 

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1885 Decorated Pearl Agateware


1892 Decorated Pearl Agateware


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