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.
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