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Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron and bellows, c 1850.

Cannon' charcoal heated flat-iron, c. 1850.

Cast iron pressure cooker, 1850-1870.

Cast iron pressure cooker of four quart capacity, with latches to secure the lid and steam release safety valve in centre of lid, by E. Pugh and Co., Wednesbury, West Midlands, 1850-1870

Seeger dry-air siphon refrigerator c 1900.

Insulated wooden ice box (dry air siphon refrigerator), in which food is chilled by the insertion of ice blocks into an adjoining compartment from which cold air circulates, by the Seeger Refrigerator Co., St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 1880-1920

Early electric fire, 1900-1920.

Electric fire with two Dowsing incandescent sausage-shaped bulbs, with ornate art nouveau metal surround, copper reflector and wooden base with switch at front, by the General Electric Company, English, 1900-1920


The merits of short-wave radio communication only emerged during the 1920s.

Cylindrical phonograph records, 1912 and 1914.

Ten cylindrical phonograph records.

Morphy Richards electric toaster, 1962.

Morphy Richards Electric Toaster model TOS, 1962

Goblin 'Teasmade', c 1945.

Goblin 'Teasmade' model D26, 200-250V, pat. no. 571849, serial no. 26786, by the British Vacuum Cleaner & Engineering Company Ltd., c. 1945

Cona coffee maker, c 1950.

Cona' coffee maker, table model no. III, c.1950

'Kingsway' New World gas cooker, c 1935.

Kingsway' New World all-enamelled gas cooker in fashion colours of cream and royal blue, with thermostatically controlled oven, grill, four burners and plate rack, by Fletcher, Russell and Co. Ltd., Warrington, 1933-1937.