ANTIQUE SILVER TOASTRACKS
Antique Silver toastracks Description:
A serving piece having vertical partitions (usually from five to eight in number) connected to a flat base, used for holding slices of toast. Often with a central ring handle for passing round the table.
Antique Silver toastracks History:
The earliest known examples date from the 1770s. They have been made in large quantities since then and are still being made today.
Antique Silver toastracks Design:
Their design and shape followed the prevailing fashion. The dividers were often made from silver wires and these in-turn were soldered to either a wire-work or solid base that sat on four feet. Sometimes the base is separate and was used to dispose of any crumbs that fell. Some ingenious designs were made including expanding or folding types (so as to take up less space). Others had incorporated egg-cups or receptacles for jam or marmalade.
Antique Silver toastracks Collectors Note:
The age, condition, level of craftsmanship and their aesthetic qualities determine their value. Points to look out for are repaired joints, and cracks. The hallmarks should be clear, and if there is a removable base, egg cup(s), or jar, these should be part-marked as well.