are a staple of the vintage breakfast table or tray and have been around for centuries, with the earliest known examples dating to the 1770's.
A toast rack is a small rack, usually in metal, but, they can be found in pottery, plastic and glass. It often has feet and handles, with bars to keep the toast upright and separated, and is designed to hold multiple pieces of toast.
The main aim of a toast rack is to hold the toast and keep it separated, so the steam can escape, and this means you don’t get soggy toast – handy! Although it does result in the toast getting cold quicker - not so handy...
Like most household items toast racks are influenced by fashion, and have mirrored changing styles, which means there are wonderful antique and vintage toast racks to be found.
Toast racks are great for adding vintage style to your home, breakfast table or tray and whilst most of us might only have time to actually use them for breakfast at the weekend, they are also perfect for keeping your post organised. A nifty little storage solution, if you only feel like tackling the bills once in a Blue Moon....
So if you want a toast rack or two, the choice is vast, ornate twirly Victorian examples
, stylish Art Deco pieces
, sleek 1960's and 1970's stainless steel numbers
and quirky 1950's Atomic designs
Unusual design features, such as shaped handles and feet, unusual materials and colours, like Celluloid
and Bakelite and known designers and producers, I’m thinking Old Hall, or if you have the budget, Christopher Dresser, are all points to consider when looking for a good toast rack...
The main point though is: do you like it?
An antique or vintage toast rack makes a great wedding present.... it evokes ideas of domestic bliss, doesn’t have to break the bank and is unusual and stylish enough to please even the most discerning of couples!
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