Vintage GENERAL ELECTRIC Toaster CHROME art deco *NICE

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 18,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

This auction is for a vintage

General Electric

Automatic 2-Slice Pop-Up Toaster

model 139T81...115 volts ac...1150 watts

In excellent vintage used condition , this is such a cool toaster. I think this model dates to sometime in the mid-to-late 1950s, possibly early '60s, due to the fact that it has a more modern vinyl-type cord rather than the older-style cloth one. Made by GE at their headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut, back when they were still making high quality, innovative products like this in the U SA .

I collect and sell a lot of vintage toasters (and use them on a daily basis). It's always fun to find one that stands out because of something new and different (at least to me.) As you can see in the pictures, the upper part is chrome with the neat art deco etched swirl designs on each side. The bottom is trimmed in a ribbed deep chocolate brown bakelite, with a really cool ' tortoise-shell / marbled' pattern in it. Another interesting thing about this toaster is that it has dual lever controls. The one on the left adjusts up and down for lighter and darker. The one on the right will let you determine if the toast pops up, or stays down until you are ready for it to pop up. I've never seen a toaster before that does that!

I tried to give you enough pictures (and they will super-size for a closer look.) The toaster shows some of the usual surface wear from normal use and cleaning over the years, but nothing out of the ordinary. And the surface scratches don't take away from the gorgeous looks of the finish one bit, in my opinion. I love taking pictures of appliances like this outdoors, because it really shows off the shiny chrome. I can't find any chips or cracks in the bakelite anyw, nor any dents, dings, rust, etc in the chrome.

I tested it thoroughly with many sets of toast, and it is very responsive to the lever control as it should be. I've blown out any loose crumbs, and I gave the entire toaster a very good cleaning and polishing, but I'll leave any meticulously detailed cleaning to the discretion of it's new owner. : ) I don't think you will be disappointed, this would be a fantastic addition to any retro kitchen or pantry decor.

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Never a reserve or inflated shipping prices. The winning bidder pays actual charges based on weight. This toaster is going to weigh about 7-8 pounds, securely boxed. This is a heavy, quality chromed stainless steel appliance. Not some "chrome" plastic imported junk that you find these days. Insurance is optional, but always recommended. We pack very well, but we cannot be responsible for uninsured items lost or damaged in transit once they leave our hands. No "handling" charge or any of that nonsense, we only have a very small amount (.50-$1) included in the shipping to help cover the cost of a new box and bubble wrap. And we're always happy to combine shipping with our other auctions to save you money. We have some other great quality vintage, etc. items listed--and adding more daily--so please check them out if you're interested.

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