Here is a rare Antique "Mudge Patent Canner" made by the John L. Gaumer Company before the turn of the century, in 1886. The canner is able to process four jars at a time. It is completely made of copper. The base unit measures 13 1/4 inches square by 3 3/4 inches high. This holds water; I would then guess that the unit would be placed over heat to keep water inside boiling. In the top of the base are four cut out rings; in each ring is a plate with 5 holes. This allows each jar to be set down into the hot water without dropping to the bottom. A 1 1/2 inch cuff encircles each ring hole. The canning cylinders are placed over these cuffs, which hold the cylinders in place. Cylinders measure 10 1/2 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches in diameter; they are tinned inside with an overlapping sealing ring. Once the jars are in place, the cylinder is slipped over the cuff being sealed its by the inner cylinder ring. Cylinders each have a baled wire handle as well as an attached copper "Mudge" label. The base also has a label attached with the manufacturers name and address. The Mudge canner weighs 11 pounds. There are two issues with it; the screw on cap in the corner of the base does not tighten – it probably is a replacement, and one of the base ring bottoms is loose but is exactly like the other three – it may also be a replacement. Canner has a wonderful aged patina; it is a rare piece and would make a great addition for the serious kitchenwares collector. Jars are for display only and not included. New York State Tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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