FOUNDRIES Standard Ranges & Stoves
COOKING RANGES, HEATING STOVES
and OTHER GOODS
MADE ONLY BY
SOMERSWORTH FOUNDRY CO.
SALMON FALLS, N.H.
STANDARD RANGES AND HEATERS
are made of the best materials by the most skilled and highest priced union labor. They have all the latest improvements known in Cooking Ranges. Our own Patent Handy Feed found on no other range, the greatest improvement made in ranges for broiling and toasting feeding with fuel.
Standard Ranges are all fitted for Coal, Gas or Wood.
Brass Coils for heating water.
Single Sliding Damper most easily controlling the fire.
They are all fitted for Plain, Dockash, Triangular or Magic Grates as ordered. Iron Linings as ordered.All Shelves are interchangeable on all ranges.
Every Standard Range is guaranteed to bake when connected to a good chimney where there is a proper draft and when the dampers are used as they are intended.
Rathbone & Sard Acorn Stoves & Ranges
Rathbone, Sard & Co. of Albany, New York, made your stove. Joel Rathbone, W. B. Hermance, and others organized Hermance, Rathbone & Co. in 1830. The company experienced numerous ownership and name changes in the years following. In 1883, Rathbone, Sard & Co. was formed. John F. Rathbone was president, and George Sard served as First Vice-President and General Manager. The company specialized in coal and wood burning kitchen and parlor stoves.
Rathbone, Sard & Co.’s Acorn brand enjoyed nationwide popularity. An Internet search revealed dozens of Acorn stove advertising trade cards issued during the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s. The back of one card reads: “Often the inquiry is made ‘What is there about Acorn Stoves and Ranges that make them so popular?’ / The answer is simple: Only the best new iron is used: only the highest grade skilled labor is employed; and only new and improved patterns are made.” By 1900, the company claimed to have “over 1,000,000” stoves in use.
In 1893, Rathbone, Sard & Co. built a large new production facility in Aurora, New York. Early in the 20th century, the company began the production of enamel gas stoves in response to the decline in the market for coal and wood burning stoves. A popular enamel model has a side oven and tall legs to bring the burners to cooking height. Early models had no temperature gauges on the oven. Cooks judged the oven temperature by feel. Green trim was a popular feature of 1920s and 1930s models.
Research a Stove
We Do Not Offer Research, Appraisals or Estimate Services.
At the height of its reign, the American Stove Industry was the fifth largest industry in America boasting more than 2,000 manufacturers each manufacturing a full line of antique heating stoves and kitchen ranges.
While we at Good Time Stove Company buy, sell and restore all stoves, we are not a reseerch company. With this type of breadth and depth in the industry it is impossible for Good Time Stove Company to provide accurate and timely research.
Below we have compiled a list of resources better equipped to help you locate the historical background and/or appraisal information you may be seeking.
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Stove Company Letterheads
Good Time Stove Company has a huge archive of stove related literature, ephemera and paraphernalia. My father has assembled an amazing collection of antique stove letterheads.
These elaborate drawings depict factories and foundries where stoves were produced by the tens of thousands. Skilled artists drew factories, portraits of the founders, logos and illustrations of the stoves with perfect accuracy, size and detail down to the minutest detail. These drawing were incorporated into letterheads, billheads, catalogs and trade cards to promote the industry.
We are sure you will be taken with the breadth and depth of this collection. We are always looking to expand our archive and invite any comments or contributions you might be able to make to this collection.
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