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Charles Constant Foote
  • Born: 8 Nov 1841, Wallingford CT
  • Marriage (1): Martha Louise Brower on 1 Jan 1873 in Meriden CT

  General notes:

Pewtersmith and silverplater

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1860-1875 as a pewtersmith and silverplater in Meriden CT
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Meriden CT, listed as a silverplater, living, with his brother, in the home of Marshall Lee Forbes.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Meriden CT, listed as a silverplater, living in the home of Marshall Lee Forbes.

  • He was issued design patent number 79,335 on 30 Jun 1868


    Letters Patent No. 79,885, dated June 30, 1868.


    To All Whom It May Concern:
    Be it known that I, CHARLES C. FOOTE, of West Meriden, in the county of New Haven, and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and improved Ice-Pitcher; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, which will enable others skilled in the art to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.
    The drawing represents a sectional elevation of my improved ice-pitcher.
    This invention relates to a new ice-pitcher, which is enamelled on the inside, so that the metal cannot be scratched and injured by the ice, while the taste and quality of the water cannot be spoiled by the corrosion of the metal.
    The pitcher A is of suitable construction, and is by preference provided with double walls, a and b, which is, however, already frequently done. A lining, e, of enamel is applied in a liquid state to the inside of the pitcher, so as to cover the bottom, d, and inner wall of the same, as indicated in the drawing. The enamel, after having been applied, is burnt in a kiln, and may then be glazed or finished in any suitable manner. The enamel being very hard, it prevents the ice from injuring the metal of the pitcher, while it at the same time prevents the water, as well as the ice, from coming in contact with the metal. I do not confine myself to any particular composition for the enamel. The same may be of any suitable color and thickness. I am aware that solid porcelain or enamel platos have already been introduced in ice-pitchers, to form a non-metallic lining for the same; but such lining had to be made in section, that is, had to be composed of a series of plates, and was therefore neither water-tight nor as solid as is required.
    I do not claim broadly the enamel lining for ice-pitchers, but
    I do claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent—
    Coating the inside of metallic ice-pitchers with enamel, by applying the enamel in a liquid state to the metallic inner surfaces, substantially as herein shown and described.

    Chas. C. Foote

    Orville H. Platt
    Elia Bulter
  • He appeared on the 1881 census taken at Hamilton Canada, listed as a silverplater.

Charles married Martha Louise Brower, daughter of Thomas Brower and Mrs. Ann Brower, on 1 Jan 1873 in Meriden CT. (Martha Louise Brower was born on 27 Jul 1848 in Meriden CT.)

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