|Title:||Antique cast iron stove circa 1895|
|Description:||Antique cast iron stove; weighs aprox 600lbs; wood/coal; converted to gas; all accessories avail; Beechwood-Quakertown,PA|
|Origin:||This was my grandparents stove and it still worked prior to death of my grandfather in 1981.|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Haltbakk|
|History Of The Item:||The Quakertown Stove Works company had two "lives". It was first started by Thomas, Robert and Stevenson co in 1866 but burned down in 1881. It was restarted by Rogers Sapes & Co in 1882 on West Broad Street in Quakertown ,PA.
In terms of collectibility, this is considered a good stove.
|Appraiser Tips:||I would recommend leaving the stove in it's original condition. The collector will sometimes want an item with all its patina (dirt).|
|Research Sources:||I found information about the company history in a book "Quakertown" By Carolyn E. Potser, John T. Pilecki, Nancy Walp Bosworth which is available through Google books, should you want a companion piece for your stove.
I researched this stove in a variety of web sites including Replacements Ltd, eBay and from books including Warman's and Kovel's. Kovel's and Warman's are widely recognized as antiques experts, they publish annual antiques value guides.
|Appraiser Comments:||You will typically get top dollar for a stove if sold in the area it was made, because there will be more collectors looking for local items. Exceptions will be affluent collectors anywhere who are looking for a great quality stove.
Prices for these stoves vary widely, I have seen them as low as $1100, but the average runs between $3000 and $6000. Marketing will play a big role in the price you get.
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