This interesting old toy stove dates to the 1800's and was probably made in the United States as no manufacturer's marks were found. The size is quite imposing; the body is 14" wide by 9" deep and the top surface flange and feet add another inch to both dimensions. 8 1/4" tall. Made of sheet steel and enameled in black with silver-colored doors, feet and towel bar. The doors open and are clasped shut by the rotating handles that fit under a tab on the opposing door. One of the knobs is missing on the top left door but the loss does not affect the latching mechanism.
Five holes in the top for the pots and water boiler. These vessels have smaller diameters on the bottoms that fit into the holes. There are also holes on the inside divider panel, on the bottom and back. We do not know if this was ever meant to function as a real stove; many toys of the era did actually work which is a little horrifying in an age when even plastic bags have warning labels. The brass faucet on the tin boiler does work. It is press-fit into the body of the boiler with no seal of any kind so may leak. There is a mark on the boiler where another piece possibly permanently mounted the faucet to the boiler.
The condition is nice with no major damage but some finish loss, oxidation and dirt. It has been brushed and wiped with a damp cloth but further cleaning will be left to the new owner. Some waviness to the top panel.
Included are the brown enamelware pans which, according to the previous owner, are original to the stove. We have our doubts about this as we would imagine that it had tin pieces that matched the boiler (which has the same lid knob that is on the stove doors). They fit nicely in the holes of the stove except for the coffee pot which does not have the smaller diameter on the bottom. All but the tea kettle have the same mark on the bottom; a rampant lion and a pot marked "B". No information was found on the mark. They are made of steel with a dark brown enamel coating on the exterior and white enamel on the inside. The coffee pot seems to be a slightly larger scale and has a lighter brown speckled finish but bears the same manufacturer's mark. Some enamel loss but overall in nice condition with no structural damage.
Lots to talk about and show in our 9 allotted pictures. Please use them as further illustration of condition and do not hesitate to request more pictures and information on this nice old piece.
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