GEC 'Magnet' electric cooker, model HO 920, 1927.
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This black cast-iron cooker was manufactured by the General Electric Company of Mexborough, England, between 1925 and 1930. During the 1920s and 1930s many households were wired for electricity and the use of electricity for cooking slowly became widespread. By the end of the 1930s domestic electricity consumers had increased tenfold to over ten million. Features: double-glazed oven door, enamelled oven lining, three hotplates, thermometer and a 2-pin socket for use with auxiliary apparatus, eg an electric kettle or toaster.