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Wire broiler or toaster made of two rectangular racks hinged with three S or figure-8 hooks opposite handles. Racks have 19 parallel vertical bars hooked over crimped top and bottom pieces; two bars at center of each rack form a looped, twisted wire handle, the two handles are held closed with a bent wire ring. No marks.
Could be used for broiling or toasting food held between the gridirons. An identical example is illustrated in the 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog, p. 439; it was available in six sizes (9"x6" with 9 bars to 9"x13 1/2" with 19 bars) ranging in price from $.12 to $.20.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1870
place made
United States: West Virginia, Morgantown
place used
United States: West Virginia, Morgantown
Physical Description
wire, iron (overall material)
overall: 1 1/8 in x 14 1/8 in x 21 3/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 35.8775 cm x 54.2925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Walter Hough
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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