Share your favorites on Show & Tell

"The Duck" Laundry Copper Boiler Percolator

In Tools and Hardware > Show & Tell.
Beachbum58's likes4 of 38found another set of brass 'organ pipe tuning cones' today...7 -up cooler
Love it
Like it

Beachbum58Beachbum58 likes this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
purvispurvis loves this.
Irishcollector.Irishcollector. loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
AnythingObscureAnythingObscure loves this.
yougottahavestuffyougottahavestuff loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
NewfldNewfld loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
See 9 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 2 years ago

    (292 items)

    This is a tool used with the old copper boiler that farm moms used to help wash work clothing. Made and marketed in 1875 by the Hubbell Co. Called "The Hubbell's Percolator". I call it the "duck".
    It is made from a soft metal, it could by pewter.
    Here is how you use it:
    You fill the copper boiler with water and soap and set it on the old wood burning kitchen stove to heat the water.
    You put the "Duck" in the boiler followed by your soiled clothing. As the water comes to a boil,
    the "Duck" will percolate the soapy water from the bottom of the boiler to the top and out the mouth
    of the "Duck", thus circulating the hot soapy water over your duds.
    I saw one of these "Ducks" at an antique fair in Adamstown, PA . He wanted too much, so I passed on it.
    On the way home I told my wife how much I liked it. She said we should return the next week and purchase
    it for my birthday The seller never returned and I thought that was the end of it.
    A few months later, we were at an auction in Farmersville, PA when, low and behold, in the garage area,
    among piles of clothing was "The Duck". I told my wife that we were staying at the sale because there was a "duck", and it was going home with us, I stood by my "Duck" and kept it in plain sight, bringing it out in the open when people tried to hide it. I kept alert until they were selling at that table.
    Nobody could figure out what this contraption was and I wouldn't tell until I owned it. I bought it for $10.00

    Tools and Hardware
    See all
    Antique Cabinet Furniture Key Hollow Barrel Skeleton Key
    Antique Cabinet Furniture Key Hollo...
    Stanley No. 51 Shooting Chute Board Plane Collectable Tool 15" - No Reserve!
    Stanley No. 51 Shooting Chute Board...
    STANLEY No.10 1/2 TYPE 1 CARRIAGE M...
    Vintage Axe Cyclone Worlds Finest Dandenong 5lb ?Tasmanian pattern Kelly Hytest
    Vintage Axe Cyclone Worlds Finest D...
    Antique Cabinet Furniture Key Hollow Barrel Skeleton Key
    Antique Cabinet Furniture Key Hollo...
    See all


    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      If I owned “the duck”, I would have to take up boiling some clothes in my kitchen stove, just for the fun of using “the duck”!

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.