Appliance dating tool
This one looks like it is in excellent condition, nice chrome, everything looks good.
BUT, there is damage to the bakelite lever that pushes the bread down.
Jitter Buzz, has a very extensive site devoted to collectible appliances.
I’ve included a link to the website on the Coffee Brewer page but here is the link for the page about: Toaster trivia for collectors: There are also some very helpful sites with information about repairing small appliances.
Thirty years ago when I began collecting vintage toasters, the only way to find them was by slogging through swap meets, seeking out yard sales and attending the occasional estate sale.
Rarely would I look in antique shops because far too often the appliances for sale were not working and offered as “decorative” only, some even had the power cords cut off and the prices were astronomical.
It is considered by many, including me, to be the most beautiful electric toaster ever made.
Much too often the bakelite is so fragile that removing it from one toaster will damage it.
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I used Maas polish as I have found it to be the best for most metals, especially copper.
Most of these toasters were heavily used and it is rare to find one in clean, working condition like this one. ‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡ Ever hear of the Toast-O-Lator? It’s an automatic toaster that takes one slice of bread, inserted into one end, carries it on a toothy conveyor slowly past the heat elements and pushed it out the other end.I have removed 99% of the original lacquer that was oxidized, dull and patchy, even black in some spots.