Find of the Month – Coffeepot

November 6, 2018

Every month, an object from the heritage bequest by the Augustinian community is selected by the museum storage facility and archives center teams. Featured this month: a huge coffeepot from the mid-20th century.

This coffeepot, made of aluminum, steel and wood, was manufactured in the mid-20th century by the Aluminum Cooking Utensil Company, which was an American company. It was used in the hospital’s old kitchen, built in 1925 in the old Saint-Augustin wing (which no longer exists). This wing was located on the site of the current 14-storey tower of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec.

Two smiling nuns in the kitchen of the Saint-Augustin wing. In the upper left you can see an assortment of cookware, which may have included this coffeepot.
Fonds Hôpital du Monastère des Augustines de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

With a capacity of more than 10 liters, this coffeepot could quickly serve a large number of patients a cup of coffee, particularly during special occasions like Christmas Eve. Similar coffeepots were also in use at the monastery, as the population of nuns was high in the mid-20th century.

In this photo illustrating the 1825 hospital’s destruction, you can see the old Saint-Augustin wing, which was built in 1925 and then destroyed in 1954 to build the actual tower. The photo was taken on June 13, 1930. Fonds Hôpital du Monastère des Augustines de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (HDQ-F5-I1,1/5)