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Antique Kitchen Stoves

Collector and Antique Store Owner

Antique kitchen stoves are the focal point of many of today's kitchens as more homeowners embrace the nostalgia of earlier times.

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.

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.

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.

Follow the links below to view beautiful examples of restored and un-restored antique kitchen stoves.

  • This rare Limited Edition Martha Washington by Chambers is light yellow with a mint green trim. This model stove was the last to be manufactured before the factory burned completely down.
  • Chambers Model C in black from 1947
  • 1936 Magic Chef Deco
  • Royal from 1931 has 8 surface burners.

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