PictureEngraved Stove-Box Detail of Favorite Model No. 514
This parlor stove's body is nickel-plated cast iron. The windows are Isinglass, a thin sheet of mica which can withstand up to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit, and the (not original) decorative top or finial is copper. Typical of the Victorian Era, the stove's design simulates castle or Gothic church architecture. Before the introduction of central heating, a stove such as this or a fueled cooking range, would have been the only heat source in the house. Cold mornings often found children running from their beds to the stove to dress in its warmth. 

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Ornamental Design
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Replacement Finial
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Coffee Pot Warming Shelf
PictureTin Advertisement Sign of the Favorite Plant
This coal-burning model was manufactured in 1895 by the Favorite Stove Works of Piqua, Ohio and cost around $25. Opened in 1880, the Favorite Stove Works produced over 50,000 cooking ranges and parlor stoves each year. The slow down during the Great Depression, changing technology and the death of their owner, Stanhope Boal, led to the downfall of the business. The company closed up shop for good in 1958.



By Joel Willems,
Curator, Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear
 


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