Bar-grate Toaster

Material: Wrought iron
Dimensions: Height: 23cm / 9in, Width: 46cm / 18 ⅛in, Maximum adjustable depth including handle: 37cm / 14 ½in
Place of Origin: British Isles
Date: Probably 18th or possibly early 19th century
Maker or Retailer: Unknown
Present Location: Private collection


The 18th century was a golden age for ironwork and blacksmiths produced a wealth of items for both inside and outside the home. Forged on an anvil, this decorative wrought-iron bar-grate toaster was designed, as its name suggests, to be attached to the front of a grate.



The height could be adjusted by hooking on to a higher or lower bar and the handle enabled the flat pan section to be moved nearer to or further from the heat, to achieve the desired temperature.


Toasting was a common method of cooking food, not only bread but also small poultry, pieces of meat and fish. Bar-grate toasters are also known as Scottish toasters.



  • Robert Deeley, Andrew Crawforth & David Pearsall, The Cauldron, The Spit & The Fire, Golden Cockerel Books, 2011. ISBN 97809947870737, p. 45 bar-grate attachments.
  • Marion Campbell, Ironwork, Stemmer House Inc. 1986.  ISBN 13:9780880450799
  • Marion Campbell. Decorative Ironwork,. V&A Publications, London, 1986,  1997, ISBN 13:9781851771950
  • Henry René D’Allemagne, Decorative Antique Ironwork, Dover Publications Inc., New York 1968, 2009,  ISBN 13:9780486220826

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