Cast iron pressure cooker, 1850-1870.

Image number: 10325658

Cast iron pressure cooker, 1850-1870.

Cast iron pressure cooker of four quart capacity, with latches to secure the lid and steam release safety valve in centre of lid, made by E Pugh and Co of Wednesbury, Staffordshire. This is an example of a very early pressure cooker, which would have been an expensive novelty purchase. Although the pressure cooker was invented by Frenchman Denis Papin in 1681, they didn't become popular household appliances until the mid 20th century.

Image number:
10325658
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 17:18
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Science Museum