Information Of Antique Kitchen Stoves
Antique kitchen stoves are the focal point of many of today’s kitchens as more homeowners embrace the nostalgia of earlier times.
A Brief History of Antique Kitchen Stoves
The years between the development of gas and electric stoves in the mid to late 1800s and the earlier times when food was cooked over open fires, cooking stoves were fueled by wood or coal. Today it is possible to restore and convert these magnificent cooking stoves into kitchen stoves that are fueled by gas or electric.
Gas Stoves – Although scientists first began experimenting on the development of the first gas stoves in the 1820s, it wasn’t until the 1880s that gas stoves became popular with the public. Part of the delay was due to the need for the installation of the gas pipe network. The first gas kitchen stoves, also known as propane stoves, were very large and bulky compared to the size of the rest of furniture in the kitchen. Manufacturers successfully reduced the sizes of their stoves, integrated ovens into their bases and in 1910 began to enamel their products for easier cleaning.
Electric Stoves – Development of the first electric stoves began in the 1880s. However, it was in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair that the electric stove was introduced to the general public as part of an electrified model kitchen. The popularity of the electric stove grew slowly at first. This was due to the unstable technology of the time and the fact that most cities and towns did not have electricity yet. Over the next two decades, as electrical power spread throughout the country and technology matured, electric stoves grew in popularity and found their place in the kitchens of many homes.
The Examples of Antique Kitchen Stoves
Picture One: Chambers C-90
Considered the Cadillac of stoves, this 1949 Chambers C-90 has its original Freedom Red paint, pop-up broiler, childproof handles, and hidden slow cooker. The C model was popular from the late 1940s through the late 1950s.
Picture Two: Elmira Stoveworks
Details can be determined online with copper, nickel, or brass trim, as well as nine color options.
Picture Three: Victorian Style Stove
Victorian-style porcelain-coated iron grates and nickel-plated trim disguise a powerful 48-inch gas range.
Picture Four: Viking Antique Stove
This classic pro-style gas range comes in 24 colors and offers a griddle, convection cooking, and a five-cubic-foot oven.
Picture Five: Handcrafted Antique Stove
Individually cast in England from original molds, this enameled-iron gas range has three radiant-heated ovens.
The value of antique kitchen stoves depends upon the age of the stove, whether or not it is in working condition and the rarity of the model. Stove appraisal is available online or by mail for the owner who wishes to learn more about the history and/or value of the stove in his possession.