This cast iron toy stove was made by the J. Stevens Company, in Cromwell, Connecticut sometime in the very early 1900’s, but if memory serves, this stove was built right around 1905. This was their “Royal” stove. I would consider this a medium sized stove as far as similar toys went. There were some very fancy larger stoves, but as far as details, and being ornate, I don’t think you’ll ever find another one as detailed as this! It’s quite incredible, perhaps even over the top for some, but I love it. Not one square inch aside from perhaps the back of the chimney pipe isn’t detailed. I think my photo’s are a good representation, though it’s hard to get good photo’s simply because of the reflections. This is an older restoration, but still gorgeous. This comes from a Non smoking home out of my personal collection. I might also mention, the shelf tabs are all intact and solid. The stove measures 14″ across, 11-3/4″ tall, and 6-1/2 front to back. Weighs over 9 pounds, that’s quite heavy fora child’s toy! Opinions vary on the old stoves on what exactly they were built for. Some folks call them toys, some insist they were salesman samples. I’ve never understood the argument to favor one way or the other when the likelihood exists that they were used as both. I can’t pretend to know this for a fact, but my guess is this would have been one of the better gifts that a little girl could have ever received back in those days, probably every bit the equivalent to a little boys Lionel Train set! If I have missed anything, please let me know. Rest assured though, it will be packaged extremely well. Thank you for taking a look at my listings, enjoy your day! The item “Vintage J. E. Stevens Cast Iron Salesman Sample Childrens Toy Royal Stove” is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2020. This item is in the category “Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Cast Iron”. The seller is “newparts4u” and is located in East Dubuque, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: JE Stevens Royal