|The Victoria & Albert Museum|
The making of toast was taken very seriously. In 1861 Mrs Beeton, the famed cook and home economist advised: "Never use new bread for making any kind of toast, as it eats heavy, and, besides is very extravagant. Procure a loaf of household bread about two days old; cut off as many slices as may be required, not quite ¼ in thickness; turn off the crusts and ragged edges, put the bread on a toasting fork and hold it before a very clear fire.”
This particular toast rack was manufactured by William R. Deykin & Sons of Birmingham.