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    Posted 5 years ago

    kitdekat
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    I got this beauty today and as well as wanting to show off and brag, was wondering if anyone can tell me tips on researching information on it. It was sourced from Sydney, Australia and I believe it is around 150 years old. Someone suggested it could be French, but I have no idea.

    On the grate protector at the bottom it has the words Excelsior No 3 and is cast iron. I have tried Googling with a variety of keywords, but have not even been able to find a photograph of another one let alone any information.

    Any assistance I could get would be fantastic.

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    1. slackjack, 5 years ago
      Google image : Excelsior stove. Made by National Stove Works of Quincy, Illinois.
    2. kitdekat kitdekat, 5 years ago
      hmmm I've done searches with the info you've provided slackjack, but can't find anything like mine
    3. MeliG MeliG, 5 years ago
      Here is a link to the no.1. You may have to scroll down a bit on the page to find it. Beautiful stove, will you be putting this inside your home?

      http://www.zeppy.io/product/gb/2/251884288126/-excelsior-no-1-antique-american-19th-century-fireplace-stove-0534
    4. MeliG MeliG, 5 years ago
      An old ad. Back in the day I bet the stove was probably around 30 US. http://www.oldimprints.com/pages/books/46166/stoves-refrigerators/real-values-in-national-stoves-ranges-and-furnaces-at-bargain-prices-excelsior-stove-mfg-co-quincy
    5. kitdekat kitdekat, 5 years ago
      Thank you MeliG, I love it. No we are going to use it as an outside woodburner for our entertaining area. Any idea of it's age?
    6. MeliG MeliG, 5 years ago
      I think it would be safe to assume it is close to the date of the no.1, I really don't know for sure but maybe these people can help... http://www.antiquestoves.com/index.htm
      If you ever get tired of it and want to send it back to Illinois I'd be happy to take it off your hands lol. Seriously a gorgeous piece, would love to know how it wound up on your continent.
    7. kitdekat kitdekat, 5 years ago
      It's just amazing isn't it! I bought this from my niece, and in her initial search she found another on in our city (Adelaide) that she missed out on buying so if I ever track that one down I'll let you know, lol!

      I have emailed the people from the first link you posted MeliG. They are in Scotland and claim to know all about antique fireplaces so hopefully they can shed some light on its history for me.

      I will try and remember to post another photo once I've cleaned it up, painted and polished it. Hopefully it will look nice and black and shiny like the Excelsior No 1 in the link you posted.
    8. MeliG MeliG, 5 years ago
      Awesome & thank you, looking forward to finding out.

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