The Secret Life of the Home

     

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    Dutch oven, with basting spoon and cylindrical clockwork jack, 1850-1900.

    Dutch oven, a device for speeding up the roasting of small meats in front of an open fire, with basting spoon and with brass spring-driven bottle jack by Mather and Armstrong of Newcastle, English, 1850-1900

     
    Gas cooker, c 1850.

    Gas cooker designed by James Sharp (a pioneer of domestic gas cooking technology) and manufactured by W. M. Lankester and Son of Southampton, sheet iron construction, top box missing, 1845-1855

     
    'Stimex' combination gas cooking range, fire and water circulator, c 1922.

    Stimex' combination gas range no. 8706, of cast iron construction with 7-radiant gas fire, Stimson's patent. The University hot water circulator, lagged oven, grill, three boiling burners and enamel drip tray, by Stimex Gas Stove Co. Ltd., Balham, Lo

     
    Creda New Series electric cooker fitted with Credastat thermostat, 1933.

    Creda electric cooker with oven, cast metal hotplate-griller, red-ring hotplate (a later addition); one of the early electric cookers to be fitted with a Credastat automatic oven thermostat patented by the Credenda Conduit Co. Ltd. of Birmingham, wh

     
    Crompton electric curling tong heater, 1891.

    Two Crompton electric curling tong heaters (brass) 1891-1897 element missing from one.

     

    The invention of the vacuum cleaner is generally credited to Hubert Cecil Booth.

     
    Sugar nippers, 19th century.

    Black-painted metal sugar nippers for breaking up blocks of crystalline sugar, English (?), 1880-1900

     
    White Mountain Freezer, ice cream maker, United States, 1923-1930.

    White Mountain Freezer' hand-operated ice cream maker, comprising wooden ice bucket and handle for rotating the metal canister and its paddle to stir the cream mixture, US patent in 1923, USA., 1923-1930

     
    'Sol' hairdryer, Germany, c 1925.

    This early electric fan-driven hairdryer is simple in design and has two heat settings. It was generally used by middle class households in the 1920s. The first purpose-made hairdryers were boxes that stood on the table, hand-held dryers were introdu

     
    'Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker, 1929.

    Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker of insulated cast aluminium, with lid secured by removeable yoke, with spring-loaded piston acting as pressure regulating and warning device, and with Easiwork pressure gauge, UK patent 291364 in 1929 by Camille Hautier