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CHEESE TOASTER
TOASTED-CHEESE DISH

Among the innovation of the last quarter of the eighteenth century were specialized dishes for melting cheese on toast. Usually the inside of the dish is divided up into sections with six to twelve small removable pans.

The "cheese toaster" is equipped with a hot-water compartment. As was the case with the vegetable dishes, the hot water could be poured into the jacket of the dish by unscrewing the handle or lifting up a small cap at the side.



cheese toaster: Old Sheffield Plate




The cheese was cut into thin slices and deposited on toast or bread. Squares of toasted bread were thereby kept warm while the cheese layered on top melted by the heat of an open fire.

The cover was raised to an angle and secured with a silver chain affixed to a ring on the handle socket and hooked around the waist of the finial.
The reflective interior of the cover aided the process of melting and toasting the cheese. The hot water kept the toast warm while the cheese was browning.

Mention of the term "cheese toaster" appears in an entry in the Parker and Wakelin ledgers itemizing "a Cheese toaster with water plate and reflector supplied in 1772 to Lord Molineaux".



cheese toaster from Watson & Bradbury catalogue, 1822 Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster: M. Boulton & Co, Birmingham 1802


cheese toaster: Old Sheffield Plate


Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster
Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster: Watson & Bradbury 1819 Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster: Roberts, Cadman & Co, 1809 Old Sheffield Plate cheese toaster: Tucker, Fenton & Co, 1807

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