Model D-12 Electric Toaster

Description (Brief)
In 1905 inventor Albert Marsh developed a special type of wire by combining nickel and chromium. His new nichrome wire could be heated by an electric current and cooled repeatedly in the presence of oxygen without burning out, perfect for making heating elements. This electric toaster made by General Electric around 1910 has four heating elements with the wire wrapped around forms made of heat-resistant mica. The floral design painted in the ceramic base was an optional feature as most model D-12 toasters came with a plain white base.
Object Name
toaster
electric kitchen appliance
date made
1910
maker
General Electric Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
porcelain (overall material)
nichrome (overall material)
mica (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 8 in x 4 in; 17.78 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
EM*334247
catalog number
334247
accession number
311699
subject
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Charles Howell
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