The Secret Life of the Home


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    Automatic electric coffee percolator, 1952.

    First type of automatic electric coffee percolator, 1952. Model CP1 by Russell Hobbs

    Weir sewing machine, 1872.

    J.Weir's chain stitch sewing machine, model no. 55S of 1872. The machine was called the '55S' because on its introduction it was sold for 55 shillings. This small, inexpensive chain-stitch sewing machine was manufactured in London by James Galloway W

    Morphy Richards electric toaster, c 1980.

    Morphy Richards Electric Toaster model 44560/2, 240V; 950W, with angled ejection, c. 1980

    The Singer Futura sewing machine, 1976.

    Singer Futura sewing machine, part sectioned for display, with detached control panel for public operation, complete with standard accessories, instruction book and foot control, 1976. A microprocessor controlled sewing machine, its selling price on

    Willcox and Gibbs chain-stitch sewing machine, c 1890.

    Wilcox and Gibbs chain stitch sewing machine, a design based on patents Wilcox & Gibbs obtained up to 1883, complete with wooden box. This particular machine was made using the principles of the 'American system' of manufacture by its contracted make

    Viking Husqvarna 8010 sewing machine, 1960s.

    Viking Husqvarna 8010 sewing machine, partially sectioned 1968; complete with seam formers and cams so as to form 32 different seam patterns. This partially sectioned semi-automatic sewing machine was made by the Husqvarna Company of Sweden, which ma

    Gas cooker, of Alfred King's design, 1859.

    Gas cooker manufactured to a design of Alfred King of Liverpool for installation in Lionel Nathan Rothschild's house at 148 Piccadilly, with hotplate comprising three concentric aerated drilled-tube burners and a false oven, English, 1859

    'Hoover' steam iron, 1953.

    Hoover' steam iron, 1953

    Rubbing stone, c 1850.

    Glass Gnidestein (rubbing stone), Viking style for cold smoothing of cloth

    Automatic electric 'pop-up' toaster, c 1960.

    Automatic electric toaster with two slots so that each bread slice is simultaneously toasted on both sides, with timer dial, encased in chrome-plated steel with pale blue panels, by Morphy-Richards, English, 1956-1966.