Vintage Mirro Matic Percolators

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2015-06-26 10:33:48

Vintage Mirro Matic Percolators are original coffee percolators produced during the mid-20th century.

History & Description

The Mirro Matic Electric Percolator was produced by the American cooking utensil manufacturer, the Mirro Aluminum Company.

The Mirro Aluminum Company was formed because of the mergers of the Manitowoc Aluminum Novelty Company, the Aluminum Manufacturing Company & Standard Aluminum Company of Two Rivers and the New Jersey Aluminum Company of Newark. The mergers, which took place between 1909 and 1915 resulted in the formation of the Aluminum Good Manufacturing Company, which grew to be one of America’s leading cooking utensil producers from the 1920s until the late-1930s.

After the end of the Second World War, civilian production at the factories in Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, resumed and the company reached two decisive millstones in the late-1940s and the early-1950s with the introduction of the Mirro Matic Pressure Pan and Mirro Matic Electric Percolator. These two items were the two highest priced utensils that the company ever made and achieved huge sales across the United States.

The company decided to change its name to the Mirro Aluminum Company on April 10th 1957.

Guide for collectors

At present, instances of vintage Mirro Matic Electric Percolators sold at national or international auction houses are extremely uncommon. In addition, they are also very rarely sold on eBay. However, there are a few alternative online shopping / auction sites that have in the past advertised vintage Mirro Matic percolators, such as iCollectors, iOffer, Vendio and UK eBid.

Despite their low resale price, Mirro Matic Electric Percolators were produced to a high standard and as a result, are often purchased with a view to use, rather than a purely decorative item. Collectors should try to attain as much information as possible from the seller in order to confirm that the percolator is still in working condition.

Notable auction sales

On April 24th 2012, a Mirro Matic electric percolator M-0131-37, circa 1960s, was sold on eBay for $9.88.

 

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