Enclosed you will find pictures of my toaster. It was my grandmother’s, then my mother’s and now mine. It has been sitting on a closet shelf for 30 years or so, and I just rediscovered it.
I would like to know if it has any value. Also, I still have the original cord but would never plug it in.
Virginia from Nashua
Your toaster is sweet. First things first, I say if the cord is in great condition and someone is around to make sure nothing bad happens, try to use it. I have seen a few in my career, and all were in working condition. Just never use a cord with wires exposed or torn in any area.
Your toaster is from the early 1900s. The company Manning & Bowman made this one and many other styles, and even modern ones as well. Today there are collectors for toasters, but not like there used to be. I think what was hard to find years ago became so much easier with the Internet. Collecting them became so easy that the values on most common styles are a lot lower today than when I first started seeing them years ago.
The value on ones such as yours would be in the $30 range if the cord is in good condition.
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