Small cooking stoves were used as early as the 1840s and the now classic full-sized range was developed by the 1880s.

Most of these classic ranges share a basic and efficient design including an easily adjustable burn time, simple clean out and clean up and an even baking oven. At the turn of the century these stoves were being produced by the thousands in hundreds of foundries across the country.

The American stove industry gained worldwide recognition and respect for the beauty, craftsmanship and efficiency of their wood burning kutchen ranges. At the center of every home, they were used for cooking, heating, bathing and hot water.

 

From the Quaker Company, the Quaker Prize range hosts elaborate castings and shiny nickel trim. The large oven door is decorated with a nickel name plate and is embossed with the smiling face of a Quaker man. Scrollwork throughout the body and base has a matching base piece with two nickel trivets. A water reservoir to the right is only one of the many great features of the Quaker Prize.

 

The elaborate castings of the Sunny Glenwood are as warm and as enchanting as its name. The floral patterns of the base and legs set the motif for the rest of the stove. A large name plate is mounted on the oven door. The Glenwood Company was known nationwide for its superiority and delicacy in its castings, a tradition of excellence displayed in this stove.

Its shiny nickeling and fine castings ensures that this "modern style" kitchen range will command respect and admiration at any hearth. The Royal Fireside name is cast across the oven door. Six burners on the top are located next to a side shelf on the right. A double shelved back holds books and spices. The luster of the Royal Fireside gives it s sense of royal distinction.

Cast in heavy iron, the Modern Clarion has simple, clean lines. With raised legs, the solid body sports the name of the stove and just a hint of filigree. A center gauge on the door is used to monitor the oven's interior temperature. Additional side shelves are worth their weight in gold when cooking large meals. An oval medallion centered on the back separates the nickel trivets of the Modern Clarion range.

A strong cast iron stove, the Queen Bengal is a portrait of America's past. A full base with storage shelves gives way to a solid body proudly displaying the name "Queen Bengal". The 32 inch cook surface houses six wood burners and side shelf. A back splash with roll top bun warmer and enamel finish gives it a splash of color. The Queen Bengal can cook a feast in any king's court.

A Pioneer on the east coast and in New England's thriving stove industry, the Atlantic Company originated in Portland Maine manufacturing heating stoves and kitchen ranges. The clean smooth lines and the solid cast iron body of the Duchess Atlantic are delicately accented with with nickel trim and handles Six wood burners and a large wood oven are easily maintained through a clean out drawer on the left-hand side of the stove.The Duchess Atlantic is of royal quality and design.

This Union Crawford is cast in a fresh, light blue enamel. No blemished interrupt its clean lines and smooth detail. Nickel trim wraps around the six burner surface and back shelf. Nickel handles open a large oven and firebox to the left. A convenient lip extends beneath the oven and firebox to catch any mess and escape ash. Manufactured by the Crawford Company, this Union Range is beautiful.

A striking stove, the Progess Windsor is a wood burning kitchen range with spearmint and cream enamel. The blockish castings are reminders of the art deco period of the late teens and early twenties. A fan arches across the top and bottom of the stove and frames a porcelain cameo of a Roman goddess bearing a torch. This stove is a great cook stove with bun warmers, a copper water reservoir, six wood burners and a large wood oven. The Progess Windsor will be central in any kitchen.