Kettle grill made of black enamel with teak handle and metal covered vent on domed lid. Interior has two round grill grates. Stands on an aluminum tripod with two rubber wheels at end of two legs. a) lid; b) base; c-d) grills; e) drip plate
This grill was designed and produced by Weber-Stephen Products Co. in the 1970s, and donated with utensils and a grill cover (not pictured) to the Chicago Historical Society in 1986.
One of many Chicago manufacturers which created innovative, iconic products, Weber-Stephen Products Co., was founded as Weber Bros. Metal Works in 1893. The shop primarily made metal buoys until 1951. That year employee George Stephen used half a buoy to make a kettle-shaped covered grill for his own use. The result, which came to be known as the Weber Grill, protected the cooking food from ashes, wind and flare-ups. Weber-Stephan Products Co. shifted to making grills exclusively, continuing to improve on their models in the decades that followed.