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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "BATEMAN FAMILY. An exceptionally rare George III Toasting Cheese Dish made in London in 1803 by Peter, Ann & William Bateman."
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Among the innovations of the last quarter of the Eighteenth Century were specialised dishes for melting cheese on toast. The cheese toaster is equipped with a hot water jacket, which is filled through a conical socket, with removable wooden handle. Squares of toasted bread were thereby kept warm while the cheese layered on top melted and bubbled by the heat of an open fire. The cover was raised to an angle and secured with a silver chain affixed to a ring on the finial and hooked to another ring on the handle. The reflective interior of the cover aided the process of melting and toasting the cheese.
Cheese Toasters are extremely rare, however this is the first time we have seen one coming from the Bateman Workshops. Silver made by Peter, Ann & William Bateman is relatively scarce as their partnership only lasted from 1800 until 1805.
Length: 8.5 inches, 21.25cm.
Width: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.
Height, to the top of the finial: 3 inches, 7.5cm.
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street