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    Posted 13 years ago

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    Found this old coal stove in Alpoca WV. In a coal camp store that was being torn down. The store was only a 10 ft by 10 ft wooden building. With shelves on three walls. And a counter that ran across the back wall. And there was no windows in the building. Was told the store was used by the African American Miners only. It's a two burner stove. The stove has never been used. And has no rust or holes at all. And there are no missing parts. Markings on the top are Loth's - Rex. The W. J Loth Stove Co. Waynesboro VA. Markings under the top are 111 LO and Lau Top 16. Please tell me anything you can about it.

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    1. YardSaleDave, 13 years ago
      Nice stove, here's a little history. I love the histories of these old companies.
    2. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      Thanks so much YardSaleDave. But I'd still like to find out how old it is. And if it's a salesman sample stove.
    3. Bill Eckman, 13 years ago
      It's not a sample. Loth made these stoves as part of their line. You have a treasure. Is the teapot Loth also? Former sales manager Virginia Metalcrafters (successor to W.J. Loth Stove Company).
    4. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      Thanks Bill, I do love my little stove. Can you tell me about how old it is. And how much it might be worth. I'd never sell it. But I might pass it down in the family.
    5. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      Oh and the teapot is not a Loth. I'll keep looking for one of those.
    6. Bill, 13 years ago
      I don't know when the exact dates of manufacture were, but probably in the 1920-1950 range. I've no idea of the value. Just monitor ebay for "W.J. Loth" and follow any auctions dealing with there stoves. There are usually half dozen a year, but all I've ever seen on ebay is the Franklin and Potbelly stoves, not the little Rex. Your's is in wonderful condition. for some brief history. Enjoy.
    7. williemcd, 13 years ago
      I just bought the exact same stove off CL. I got a steal at $45.00. Doesn't have the lid lifter nor the "divider" lifter. Anyone got those two parts? Bill in Richmond, Va.
    8. patrick loth, 13 years ago
      WJ Loth is my great great grandfather. He founded the WJ Loth Stove Company in Waynesboro VA in 1890. They made parlor and cook stoves until the late 1930's/1940's when they sold. The company became VA Metal Crafters, and they used the same moldings for their cast iron and brass accents. I have a Loth Rex stove we use as an end table, and a similar shaped laundry stove. We have 2 catalogs that show a similar shape stove dated 1907 and 1923. There is value in these pieces as collectables for those who know what they are and how rare they are. I have never come across a tea kettle, but have various pots and pans and a waffle iron. All very rare!
      Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more!

      Patrick Loth
    9. Butch The Rascul, 13 years ago

      Link to a W.J. Loth cook stove currently on ebay. Will end in five hours.Looks almost perfect with flaws listed as very minor! Hurry
    10. Dan Farris, 13 years ago
      I have a 2 burner W. J. Loth Co. stove that has never been used and therefore in very good condition. I would like to know when it was made and what it is worth. Some of the inscriptions are as follows: 111 LO, REX LAUN, D OAK, 109 113 MAS, LOTH'S OAK---OEM-23-123. Also, on the top of the stove are the numbers 211. Hope this information helps to answer the questions. Sincerely, Dan Farris
    11. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      Dan, Be sure to post a pic of your stove. Would like to see it. Everyone has been so helpful with info about my little stove. So I'm sure you would get a few comments. Thanks everyone for your help. And for the likes and love it.
    12. LaurenR, 13 years ago
      This stove is really cool! Are you thinking about getting it restored? I would love to talk to you more about this!
    13. Michael Kinna, 13 years ago
      To Bill in Richmond Va. I have a loth's lid lifter, and also one that just has a number C20.24. Please email me about these items, thanks, Mike.
    14. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      LaurenR I'm not sure my stove needs to be restored. It was never used. And has on rust at all. I take care of it like I do my cast iron skillets. I put a little cooking oil on a soft cloth to shine it up. But I'd welcome any comments you might have to help keep it looking new.
    15. bill mcdonald, 13 years ago
      Michael, you don't include an email addy to contact you!..I'm not concerned about the genuine status of the lifter.. Do you have a pic of the one you have available? Bill
    16. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 13 years ago
      These small low stoves are commonly referred to as laundry stoves, because they were used to heat the old copper boilers for washing cloths. Thats the reason they are so low. You could easily agitate the laundry at this height.
    17. Michael Kinna, 13 years ago
      Bill in Richmond, email me @ and I will send you pictures of the lifter. Thanks for responding, I have been watching the site. Michael
    18. Bob Ball, 13 years ago
      I have a Rex, two-burner, castiron stove with No. 10R on the surface. There is a "13" on the bottom. The round castiron grate is missing as well as the lifter handle. The castiron shaker handle is brokn, but the stove is in good shape otherwise. It's been in our family (SE Ohio) for a very long time, but used only for decoration. What's the history of the company and can you provide an approximate value? The stove is now located in Columbia, MO.
    19. fay cunningham, 13 years ago
      I have a loth,mascot
      one burner pot belly stove.111
      I would like any information anyone has on it.i dont know any thing about it .but it sure is beautiful to me
    20. Jan Emore, 13 years ago
      My husband is from Lexinton Va. He has a Loth woodstove that was on his grandparrents farm. We used it in our leathershop for many years. The sides are oval shaped and need to be restored or relined. Since Loth is out of the woodstove business who does this kind of work.
      we would like to recondition it and use it in our house. I remember it haveing polished chrome looking foot warmer on each side and polished chrome top. Those pieces do not look shiney anymore.
      what was that shiney finish and can it be redone?
      Thanks Jan
    21. Shawn, 13 years ago
      Greetings from Waynesboro VA. My business is actually located in part of the old Loth Stove compound, built around 1890. The Hotpoint electric stove was also developed here.
    22. clete kiper, 13 years ago
      i have loth stove only #i can find is 845w dont appear to have been used can any one tell me what i hae year ect
    23. Shawn, 13 years ago
      What model name is on the stove
    24. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 13 years ago
      @Jan Emore The shiney finish on my stove is cooking oil. It keeps it in great shape. But I'm sure if there was ever a fire built in it. It would smoke like crazy. But it's never been used. So that will never happen.
    25. Dave R., 12 years ago
      I am a native of Waynesboro, lived in Richmond for several years after college, though my career has kept me out of state now for many years now. I have always loved the warmth of a wood stove and have always had one operable in my home. I stumbled across a WJ Loth "New Perfect" model 15yrs ago in an antique store somewhere in the valley, and have appreciated It's detailed castings ever since. I would love to actually use it, But unlike Coalminerslady, the sheet metal sides near the bottom are rusted, and the draft can't be controlled. So I hope to restore it, but all this time it has been more of a decorative piece. Any idea what years the new perfect model was made?

      Coleminerslady, you have a gem. I think you stove will be around for generations to come.

      Jan, there are businesses on the net that actively desire stoves. Ran across a couple yesterday in my research. You may also fin a local metal shop willing to do it in a down economy depending on the work involved. The shiny "chrome" like finishes on stoves of this era were typically nichol plating. Not sur this is the process used by Loth, but it likely is.

    26. Dave R, 12 years ago
      Jan, that word was meant to be restore, not desire. My iPad sometimes edits when I am not watching! Also, Please ignore my spelling gaffs, I Was unable to edit the text after it was entered.
    27. chanceinit, 12 years ago
      Just finished cleaning up a Loth cast iron skillet. I wonder if it was given as a promotion with the purchase of a stove or was it a regular line of the W J Loth Stove co.?
    28. thatgirl1984, 12 years ago
      Does your iron have a L on it?
    29. thatgirl1984, 12 years ago
      Does the teapot have loths on the bottom?
    30. blondie4, 12 years ago
      I would love one of these but can't pay high prices I will have to keep out for a garage sale like I found when I got my rattan or wicker headboards for 3.00
    31. coalminerslady coalminerslady, 12 years ago
      Wow, I posted this 2yrs ago. And still getting comments. Thanks everyone so much everyone. @ thatgirl1984 No marks on my iron at all that I can find. And the teapot is not a Loths. I wish it was. I'm still looking for one of those.
    32. madnic08, 11 years ago
      Been reading these comments and I have a Loth's Tank Heater no.211 2 burner restored and very cool. It was handed down through the family and I was told it was purchased from loth's in 1927. Anyone know if that is accurate.
    33. brmmkr, 11 years ago
      I just bought a stove like the one pictured above in Galax, VA. Plan on using it in my broom shop. It is used but in excellent condition. I grew up in Rockbridge Co. and remember going to VA Metalcrafters in the 60s. Nice to have a stove made in Waynesboro.
    34. DougB DougB, 8 years ago
      Hi all, I just came across this same exact stove on a new website called : Let it Go,. I paid $40.00 for it and it's like new. I love hearing all the history about these old iron beauties. I was going to use it as a Flower pot Holder on my front porch. But now that I have read everyone's posts I don't know what to do?? I was told that this was used for a beach bungalow in Long Beach NY on Long Island. The Homes were built back in the early 1900's and this was a suitable heat source for a small house I guess. Well Hurican Sandy rolled over that area and the house was destroyed and the owners only were able to take this stove with them to there new home over in Point Lookout NY. That's where I came in and got a great deal on it and thanks to the seller a nice guy. Any one have any idea's what to do with it? I think it's better to keep inside than out ?? Let me here of some designers idea's please?
      Here's a picture of my little baby Thanks again all.. ;)
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