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“I inherited a stove, now on display in my bakery. I’m curious about its origin.” - R.M., Brooklyn
1920s Windsor Stove
Our antiques specialist, Helaine Fendelman, appraises your finds and collectibles.
This steel-and-iron Royal Windsor, manufactured on behalf of Montgomery Ward, sold for around $80 in the 1920s. Back then, the appliance served as a versatile tool, since cooks could power it using either wood or coal. Two small doors on the lower left hide the fuel chambers, a row of bun warmers grace the top of the piece, and a copper-lined box for heating water hangs on the right. Quality antique stoves with restoration potential command up to $2,500 (fully updated examples, converted to gas or electric, can bring as much as $9,000). This stove may show some rust on its nickel-plated trim, but the crisp blue enameling makes this a particularly desirable item.
What It's Worth: $2,000