Waffle Iron

Waffle Iron

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Part of a four piece waffle iron set including a batter bowl, syrup pitcher, and serving tray (1991.0270.01-.4), art nouveau inspired decoration. Electric waffle iron, circular chrome-plated pan with white porcelain top, domed, hinged lid, with a single handle in front, comprised of two molded silver scrolled arms with a plastic imitation ivory ("Catalin") grip to mimic turned wood, amber-colored. Porcelain insert at top has cream-colored background with polychrome transfer-printed with three panels, in the center, a circle with a bird (a pheasant), and a floral arrangement (red, orange, and blue five-petaled flowers, possibly impatiens), two square panels of floral arrangements on either side. A heat indicator of flat metal is above the front handle. Mounted on four molded scroll feet and a circular base, with two handles (matching upper handle). Circular base is hollow, and has four hidden wooden feet. Detachable power cord attaches in back, fabric cord, black and white, molded plastic (bakelite) plug, silver wire spring. Polychrome decoration shows the influence of Japonism.
Bottom of base is stamped/engraved: “Royal Rochester/ROBESON ROCHESTER CORP./ROCHESTER, N.Y./110-120V-660W/12820/PAT. APPL’D FOR”; plug has “RRC” trademark, is embossed “HATFIELD/PAT. APPL’D FOR”
Two possible related patents:
US 1754486 A, April 15, 1930, Howard H. Schott, assignor to the Robeson Rochester Corporation, Rochester, New York, for “Waffle iron”
US D75750 S, July 10, 1928, Howard H. Schott, assignor to the Robeson Rochester Corporation, Rochester, New York, for “Design for a waffle iron”
This iron, Model E6473, features the "Golden Pheasant" porcelain pattern, one of six offered on the set. These could be purchased as a set or as separate pieces. The various objects included in the set were a coffee percolator or urn, a batter bowl, a ladle, a syrup pitcher, a sugar bowl, and a cream pitcher. The line was introduced in the late 1920s and continued to be produced through the 1930s.
Maker is the Robeson Rochester corporation ("Royal Rochester"), circa 1922-present, now known as Robeson Industries Corporation.
Currently not on view
Object Name
iron, waffle
date made
ca 1927-1930
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
place used
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
metal, chrome-plated (overall material)
porcelain (overall material)
plastic (overal material)
fabric (cord material)
waffle iron: 5 5/8 in x 11 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in; 14.2875 cm x 28.575 cm x 28.575 cm
electric cord: 1 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 10 1/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 9.525 cm x 25.7175 cm
ID Number
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accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I just came in possession of this waffle iron, although the E number is different: E- 7473, which doesn't that indicate that it dates to 1927? Also different is the wattage. The one I have inherited says: 110-120v-640w. Instead of 660w like the one in your collection. I have the whole set, waffle iron with ladle, bowl, syrup pitcher, tray, and original electric cord. The odd thing about it is that my grandmother thought it was so pretty, she never used it. She displayed it in her dining room. The ladle's handle got broken by accident one year, but she glued it back together (a bit sloppily). I would like to try to use it but want to be careful and do so safely. Is that possible?
HI, there is a ladle that comes with the set, very hard to find.

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