Toasting Iron

Date: 1750 - 1800
Dimensions: height 7" depth 14.5" width 11"
About this artifact

In the 18th century, before the use of stoves for cooking, food was prepared at the hearth, near or on the fire. This implement, made of wrought iron probably by a local blacksmith, was used to toast bread. The fleur-de-lis design left a decorative imprint on the bread after the surrounding portion was toasted.

Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA