The parlor stoves that were produced from the 1830s, at the height of cast iron technology, reflect the tastes of the Victorian age and are some of the finest examples of casting known to this day. These stoves were made to resemble castles, gothic churches, and Italian villas and were often adorned with fruit, flowers, grapes and other ornamentation characteristic of the period.
Later parlor stoves often had a decorative swing top that when opened to the side revealed a flat surface that could be used for cooking. The larger ones had a firebox that could accommodate enough wood to burn through the night.
This classic Wager, Richmond, and Smith parlor stove has the optional upper chamber and a circular front door that when turned 90 degrees opens to reveal the flames. The castings are very crisp with no pitting.
42" High X 21" Wide X 17" Deep
Flowers and vines adorn this neat little parlor stove manufactured by Vose & Co, Albany NY. Gothic windows and beautiful
ornamental open work embellish the top of it.
37" High X 26" Wide X 20" Deep
This Albany NY parlor stove most likely commemorates a European Dynasty with the royal members embossed on the front. Helmeted warriors are cast on each side. An unbelievable example of the talent and craftsmanship of the day. This stove looks as good today as it did the day it was made 170 years ago.
42" High X 31" Wide X 22" Deep
This is a top of the line 1888 Albany NY base burning parlor stove. The following description is from an original trade card:
“An Ideal Stove; perfect in its proportions. Artistically carved. Elegantly ornamented with Nickel and Tile. Reliable in its operation. It cannot fail to impart comfort, and to harmonize with the most exquisitely furnished apartments.
The (Ideal Argand) embodies the following valuable features:
A thorough and effective flue system. Hot air circulating flues.
Foul air ventilating ducts. Vibrating and draw center grate,
with ash pan and deep ash pit below. Automatic direct draft damper.
Adjustable smoke arrester and large end feed door.”
This stove has been totally restored, is in excellent condition, and is the only one that has ever been found.
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This Albany NY parlor stove has a peaked roof with simulated shingles reflect the gothic revival architecture of the period. As a testament to the caliber of these stoves, a stove of this design still stands in Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois.
40" High X 27" Wide X 19" Deep
Beautifully designed Utica NY cottage-style parlor stove with six original tiles. As with most later 19th century parlor stoves, the swing top opens to reveal a flat cook surface. This stove is fitted with a gas fireplace log set.
47" High X 27" Wide X 20" Deep
This is an A. Quackenboss early parlor cook stove with the fire box located above the oven. The hinged top opens from the front to reveal a flat cook surface. It is in restored condition with some minor pitting.
The scene embossed on the front of the stove depicts frontiersman Davy Crockett armed with a knife fighting an ax-wielding Indian. As the story goes, he is trying to save his daughter who is tied to a tree in the distance.
Another fine example of the talented craftsmen in the 19th century stove industry.
36" High X 25" Wide X 25" Deep