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Electric Jug "NPA"

Overview

Cream ceramic jug with a Bakelite lift lid. The lid has a burgundy "button" which was pressed down to start heating and popped up when water was hot. The appliance plug was inserted into the back of the lid which made it impossible to open the lid while the jug was electrified.

Historical information

Oliver J. Nilsen had an electrical manufacturing works in Collingwood. They made fuses, switchgear and also had a large porcelain works. Ceramic bodied bare-element electric jugs were in use in Australia, and New Zealand from the early 1920s and were still available until well into the 1970s. They were not used anywhere else in the world. Unlike electric kettles, while the water in the jug is being heated it is electrified by the bare element. The user is protected from electrocution because the glazed ceramic water container does not conduct electricity, unlike the water. These jugs also employed a variety of locking systems so that when the element was active the jug could not be opened and it was difficult to pour the water.

Details

Details

Registration number
cwa-org-124-2022:65
Item type
Material
Width
200 mm
Height or length
240 mm
Inscriptions and markings

Stamped on base:
NPA
GE2
Underside of lid:
PS 140
240v - 1000w
A C ONLY
GILFORD ELECTRIC CO
C/WTH PATENT
NO. 110891

Place made
Collingwood
Victoria
Australia
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