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Revo R44 3-ring cooker, 1956

The electric cooker was an increasingly popular appliance in 1950s and 1960s Ireland, despite competition from both gas cookers as well as traditional ranges and open fires. They were made from enamelled metal and until the late 1950s were heavily influenced by the forms of other pieces of furniture, such as these folded versions of cabriole legs.
This cooker has two rings and a warming plate on top, and the grill and oven are highlighted in cream enamel. The enamelled splashback protected the wall behind, and the temperature of each ring, grill and oven was individually controlled by the knobs on the right. This ability to tightly control the temperature was a great advantage, particularly for baking.

This cooker was loaned to the exhibition by Bernard O’Connell, and was bought at the 1956 Spring Show at the RDS in Dublin, where the ESB had a stand.
Listen to Noreen Brady talking about her mother getting the legs cut off a traditional bastable pot, so it would fit into her new electric oven.
Noreen Brady interviewed by Geraldine O’Connor in Clones, County Monaghan, February 2017


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