This is a vintage Copper Clad stainless steel "Drip-O-Lator" coffee pot made by Revere Ware. It is a hard to find four-cup size, and is complete with all its original parts. On the bottom is a beautifully visible double-circle 1801 mark that includes the Paul Revere silhouette. We looked up the patent dates and they confirm these pots date from the 1940s - 1950s.
Please realize this is a DRIP pot - a Mellitta or Keurig ancestor -- not a percolator. It does not boil coffee percolator-style.
Condition is incredible - go ahead and use it if you wish! It is immaculately clean inside, appearing as though it has never been used. The top lid and handle are solidly affixed and are undamaged. The outside is bright stainless steel with the copper bottom Revereware is famous for. The bright stainless sides and lid have light surface marks but no dents or metal damage.
IMPORTANT - see our pictures! The copper bottom does have surface scratches and marks from use. The dark areas are wear on the copper plating - we polished the copper but this blackish does not come off. It does not show for display and should not make a difference if you use the pot.
TO USE: Following our pictures - Starting with the base pot, insert the coffee grounds holder. Measure ground coffee into the well for up to 4 cups of coffee (1 tablespoon per cup is suggested, more or less to taste). Insert the combination water spreader-measuring rod. Boil 24 ounces (four, 6-ounce cups) of water in a separate pot to a full rolling boil, and pour the water into the Revere pot. (How the user is supposed to see the numbers on the measuring stick is beyond me, but they are there.) Immediately put the lid onto the pot and wait for the water to steep down through the grounds. Once all the water has passed through the coffee grounds, remove the drip section, put the lid on the pot of coffee and serve. Or you can put it on the stove at low heat to keep the coffee warm.