Gas Hotplate

An image of a three section hotplate with a tea kettle on the right.
Hotplate in the Eldon House Kitchen

Country of Origin: Canada
Year: ca. 1900
Materials: Metal 

This gas hotplate was retained by the Harris Family well after the introduction of electric appliances in the kitchen. The gas rings were favoured because the cook and the family held the belief that gas heat boiled water faster, which was ideal for the tea drinking family. The gas appliance is a McClary. McClary was a company that was founded in London in 1847, starting as a tin smithing business, before moving into manufacturing cast iron appliances. By 1927 they joined General Steel Works, and stopped trademarking with their stamps in the early 1930s.