A beautiful silver-plated Sheffield toast rack with rowing motif, circa 1900s. Seven sets of interlocking rowing oars make up the rack, while the handle consists of a balled ringed. The footed base is stabilized by four balls at each corner.
A truly amazing piece of English history, the toast rack was a staple of any proper table setting. “Dry toast may be made before it is wanted, and should be set up in the toast-rack the moment it is done,” writes A.M. Sargeant in the 1851 The Housemaid's Complete Guide.