Adding an antique or vintage stove to a contemporary or period kitchen can transform the busiest room in your home into a working museum. Whether it’s a mammoth, Victorian, cast-iron range crowned with an ornamental splash back or a more modest, boxy, 21-inch O’Keefe & Merritt apartment stove from the 1940s, an antique or vintage stove makes a powerful design statement.
Most Victorian-era stoves were made from cast iron and designed to burn wood, coal, or both. Manufacturers generally sold regionally, so the brands are not as important from a collecting standpoint, as with stoves from, say, the 1930s and 1940s. What matters most to contemporary collectors of antique stoves is the level of ornamentation—in short, the more the merrier.
Pennsylvania-based manufacturer Floyd, Wells & Co. made a host of ranges under the Irving brand—the Irving, Grand Irving, Loyal Irving, Prize Irving, True Irving, Rose Irving, and on and on—as well as ranges with names like Justice, Fidelity, and Progress. Other manufacturers included Majestic Mfg. Co. of St. Louis and Pennsylvania’s Buckwalter Stove Co., whose New Adonis was a veritable kitchen altar.
Another type of antique Victorian stove that is perhaps more popular with collectors than kitchen ranges, simply because it is smaller and easier to move around, is the pot-belly stove, which was typically used for heat rather than cooking and is known variously as a cannon, globe, or egg stove.
The most utilitarian and unadorned of these stoves is generally only going to be worth anything at all if it is still functioning. More ornate pot bellies—with mica windows in the feed doors, matching foot rails, and deep decorative ribs—may be prized for their beauty alone.
At the beginning of the 20th century, stoves that also burned gas began to be more common. Steel slowly started to replace cast iron, and the most prized stoves were coated in white porcelain, to give the appliances a spotless and sanitary sheen. Simple configurations include perhaps four burners on the left with a small oven at chest height to the right. More complex arrangements increase the burner count to six and add a second oven and perhaps even a warmer.
The 1930s and 1940s were the glory decades for vintage stoves. This is the era when brands like Chambers, Dixie, Gaffers & Sattler, O’Keefe & Merritt, Roper, Tappan, and Wedgewoo...
One interesting sub-genre of stove collecting is the field of camping stoves. Today we associate camping stoves with the Coleman brand, and, indeed, Coleman has been a leader in this field since the 1920s. But other manufacturers were also producing fine portable stoves, including the Kampkook and Readykook from American Gas Machine Co., Clayton & Lambert, Primus, and the generically named Model 42A Senior from Wehrle.
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Plymouth Nursery 'Ladies Night Out' ushers in yuletideHometownlife.com, November 25th
An antique stove is the focal point of this seasonal display at Plymouth Nursery. (Photo: Julie Brown). CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINEMAILMORE. Bonnie Danic of Plymouth Township is a regular at Plymouth Nursery. “I've bought my roses here, my trees,” said ...Read more
Jean McClelland: Make safety a top priority when outfitting your retro kitchenHuntington Herald Dispatch, November 25th
Some folks like to give their kitchen a special twist with a vintage range or antique stove. When it comes to vintage kitchen appliances, most people don't care about the age of the appliance but they do care about whether it works or not. After that...Read more
Keeravani's House a Mini MuseumGulte, November 19th
Ace music composer MM Keeravani has a rare affinity towards antique items. Not many know that he never misses a chance to own them and holds a great collection. He has a wide collection of several antique models. While few are precious, others are rare ...Read more
Murals abound in $3-million Mission mansionSFGate (blog), November 17th
Because the sale has not yet closed, Droubi cannot reveal the final price, but does have some insight into whether or not the artwork, not to mention the unique detailing in the kitchen with its antique stove and rustic painting on the walls and...Read more
This American Gothic Home Clearly Wishes It Were a Shabby Chic CottageHouse Beautiful (blog), November 9th
We love the antique stove and the white dishwasher with a detailed front that blends into the cabinets. However, it's really the little details that add to the cottage chic decor: The grooves carved into the cabinets, the wooden floors, and the open...Read more
Good Samaritan inherits antique stoveLancasterOnline, January 2nd
The 1939 Chambers model B gas range that Mary Greenya left in her will for Kerry Glenn. prev. next. On a sweltering hot summer day, after mowing his elderly neighbor's small yard, Kerry Glenn would receive an ice cold glass of water from Queen...Read more
Antique stove aficionado Buck Froman works to keep history, Phoenix Pharmacy ...The Oregonian, March 28th
The refurbished antique stoves at Buck's Stove Palace are tucked away in a separate room, hidden from the main retail space by a thick curtain. The stoves are ornate, with figurines and other artistic details. Robert "Buck" Froman estimates he owns 600...Read more
FOCUS: Inside Little Compton's Antique Stove HospitalFall River Herald News, December 14th
The Antique Stove Hospital restores about 150 period-piece stoves a year. At any given moment, the hospital has 200-300 patients, some of which will never work again but are the last known survivors of their kind. Others stick around to provide parts...Read more