Reference number
  • D/055
  • Collection
  • Circa 1917
Extent and medium
  • 1 Toasting Fork
  • Toasting fork designed by Frank Watson, taking the form of a long-handled fork, with two hooks at the end. This fork was designed to make it easier to toast bread on both sides by including a 'flipping' mechanism rather than having to manually turn the bread. It therefore looks different to a standard toasting fork. Made out of metal.
Administrative history
  • Frank Watson studied engineering at the Leicester Municipal Technical and Art School. He subsequently became a policeman. During World War II, he was directed to work at Power Jets at Whetstone where he assisted with the development of early jet engines. Watson also had a dance band in which he played every Saturday night, at the former Bell Hotel, Humberstone Gate. Watson passed away in 1979.
Conditions governing access
  • Open for general access. External researchers are advised to make an appointment with the Archivist.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Material may be copied for research purposes only, subject to copyright regulations and the condition of the material.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
  • In good condition, but the end of the fork is delicate so needs to be handled with care.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • This item was gifted to the University by Frank Watson's daughter.
Archivist's note
  • Cataloged by Gursharan Hayre,Graduate champion, January 2018.