Can’t you just smell the bread baking in the oven? Or can you imagine a good old-fashioned pot roast sending aromas wafting through the kitchen on a chilly evening? Antique kitchen stoves bring a sense of olden day wholesomeness to a home, and just inspire you to return to recipes of your grandmother’s era. Whether you are restoring an old house to its former splendor or building a brand new place to look like something from days gone by, antique kitchen stoves are a brilliant addition if authenticity is important, which it likely is.
Styles in keeping with the home
You need to determine what kind of period you are aiming for because it is no good sourcing old items unless they are sympathetic to the look you are trying to create. What would be the point of installing a 1950s refrigerator if the home dates back to the turn of the century? So it goes with antique kitchen stoves. It is possible to date the era of their manufacture by researching on the Internet, using pictures to compare with other similar models. Some will even have the year of manufacture stamped somewhere in their construction.
Is it reproduction or genuine antique?
This is something that may not be immediately apparent. You have to, to some degree, rely on your antiques dealer to be reputable and provide you with papers of authenticity. However, if it does not totally matter to you, and all you are going for is the look, then you will want to be charged accordingly. Genuine antique kitchen stoves will be fairly heftily priced, and no wonder, since they could probably tell a story or two from their long, fruitful lives.
Compatibility with modern technology
It is vital that you have a plumber or specialist contractor take a look at any gas fixtures before you purchase an antique kitchen stove. Considering the investment you may be making, it is wise to know if you will be able to use it safely when it is sitting in your home. If you are putting in a wood stove, be sure that there are no blockages and that it is entirely safe to use.
Occasionally, you can pick up a bargain on an antique kitchen stove, but you may find that a knob or handle is missing. If this is so, there are many dealers across the country that can help you to source spare parts for your item so that it won’t look incomplete or mismatched.
Antique kitchen stoves can add charm, mystique and elegance to a home. They make excellent conversation pieces and what can be better than telling old-fashioned yarns around a beautiful piece of yesteryear paraphernalia? Take your time when searching for your piece and keep safety and authenticity in mind.