Electric Model B Sandwich Toaster

Electric sandwich toaster or grill. Chrome-plated metal body. Flat, rectangular top on four fluted Doric column legs, bottom part of column is molded bakelite. Two flat grill-tops, open grates, each with thick, flat, square handles on either side, and connected on one long side, clamshell style. Grills have attached arm which allows them to “flip” sides. Grills sit atop base, which has an open heating unit: metal coils strung through ceramic plugs. Base has handles on either side, metal wire arms with black, rectangular bakelite grips. Entire body and grill sides are incised with scroll motifs and interlocking diamond bands. Two prongs to attach power cord in front, cord missing. Plug hood is debossed: “Sunbeam/MODEL B/PAT. NO. 1465007/VOLTS 110-120 WATTS 600”.
US 1465007 A, August 14, 1923, Ernest Sjolin, assignor to Chicago Flexible Shaft Company, for “Electric toaster”
Another version of this toaster was also sold with the same ornamentation on the body, but the legs were ornamented with Art Deco style flared, geometric drape-style decoration, incised with linear ornament (see 1992.0338.21).
Patent is held by assignor to Chicago Flexible Shaft Co.; maker is Sunbeam Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, originally founded in the early 1890s as Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. by John K. Stewart and Thomas J. Clark, primarily manufacturing mechanical horse clippers and sheep shearers. In 1946 Chicago Flexible Shaft Co. became Sunbeam Corporation.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1939
Sunbeam Corporation
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
chrome-plated (overall material)
ceramic (heating element material)
bakelite (handles; feet material)
average spatial: 10.5 cm x 29 cm x 14.7 cm; 4 1/8 in x 11 7/16 in x 5 13/16 in
overall: 4 1/8 in x 11 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 29.21 cm x 16.1925 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
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catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
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