David Anthony

Antique Hotpoint Toaster

Antique Hotpoint Toaster

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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Culinary: Pre 1920: Item # 1457058
David Anthony
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PO Box 630
Atlanta, Georgia 30009

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This antique Hotpoint Toaster is probably among the earliest produced by Hotpoint, and probably saw very limited production. Let me explain.

This model bears close similarity to one known to be circa 1914 due to having its original box. That copy has underside stamping bearing the patents and dates. My toaster does not have that information, and thus probably precedes the granting of the patent. As such I would venture to date this toaster to c. 1912-14. Hotpoint was founded in 1911 and the electric toaster invented in 1908 by its founder Earl Richardson.

The design is close to the known 1914 model (116T24) but more elaborate and not yet bearing the full Art Deco design cues of this later model. Art Deco was gaining influence on the brink of World War 1. Also, the 1914 model has a chrome finish whereas ours is painted black. Finally, the cord is not detachable on my toaster, and thus I believe was a design evolution.

All of that aside, this trapezoidaly shaped toaster, painted black, has a pierced anthemion decoration on the 2 doors. The sides open with metal tabs. The cord may not be original and is wired to the toaster. It stands 8 1/2" h.

Condition is good to very good, the main defect being some loss of paint and light corrosion.

Given the foregoing, I would consider this toaster of particular interest to serious collectors who prize owning a very early edition of what would become a kitchen staple.