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Author Topic: Mysterious Device in Dickens  (Read 577 times)
Zeppelin Admiral
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« on: April 12, 2020, 03:56:53 pm »

In "The Old Curiosity Shop" , Char!es Dickens wrote about the strange lodger at the Brasses' house having a device in his room. It looked like a small shrine. He put water, eggs, coffee, and a few other things in it, lit a lamp in the middle, and in a few minutes served breakfast for two.

My questions  are:

1. Was this ever actually made?

2. If so, what was it called?

3. If not, why not? (I know, failure of imagination, but the Victorians invented so many ingenious contraptions!)

Thank you for your help. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2020, 04:09:40 pm »

Sounds like a cross between a teasmade & an egg poacher
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Zeppelin Admiral
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2020, 06:55:00 pm »

It also cooked beef and veggies, but yes, it's that sort of combo device. There was a cartoon in Punch showing a woman returning a stand with a ashtray, a decanter and glass, a matchbox, a cigar box, a lamp, and a reading stand, saying " He's already got one." I was astonished to find out those were real. Apparantly, considerate insomniac Edwardian gentlemen would have the servants load it up and to bed, having nothing left to ring for!
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