The cheese toaster is an unusual antique lidded serving dish with a detachable lid and handle. Good plain style with a shell and gadroon border. The base has a warming chamber and the water can be filled by unscrewing the side handle. Rare small size. A nice feature is the little ebony button at the end of the side handle. Weight without handle 435 grams, 13.9 troy ounces. Top 15 x 11.5 cms. Height 6.5 cms. All pieces marked for London 1806. Maker Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III. Manufacted for Rundall, Bridge & Rundell.
This rare little silver dish is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All pieces have the same maker and date and the silver marks are clear to read.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Originally the cheese toaster was designed to stand in front of the fireplace where, using the detachable lid as a reflector, the heat would be directed down onto the cheese placed in the pan. These were made for a short period from the late 1760s.