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Manning Bowman Copper Electric Hot Water Server Tea Kettle
This Art Deco-influenced Model 90 electric hot water kettle was made by Manning Bowman probably just after World War II, shortly after the company was acquired by McGraw Electric in 1941. It has a gorgeous copper finish and brown Catalin base, handle, and lid finial. A brass plate reading Manning Bowman is riveted to the base under the kettle's spout. The kettle is pictured in the book Art Deco Chrome by Jim Linz.
The kettle measures 7 inches high by 10 inches wide from spout to handle. It heats up fine and the glass eye at the base lights up red when the water reaches the proper hot temperature. The copper finish is spotlessly clean and in very good condition only very minor wear - a rub mark or tiny scuff here and there from cleaning and storage. The kettle has a warm reddish-brown age patina. If you prefer the shiny new penny look, you can polish the exterior to brighten up the color. Polishing will remove the pinkie fingerprint size pale tarnish mark below the rim shown in the second photo (it's not a dent or ding, and all other dark spots in the pictures are reflections or shadows). The pot displays wonderfully and is completely usable too.
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