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Treasure Hunt 04/27/16


05/04/16



 Dear Donna,

 
This belonged to my grandmother and has been passed down to me. I am wondering if you could give me a value on it. As you can see, it is in what I think to be perfect condition. Plus, it has several extra parts. 
 
Kim from Manchester
 
Dear Kim,
 
This is a child’s cast iron toy stove, and you are right, it’s in great condition. Most people assume because of the size and the real detail just like the large cookstoves that these were salesman samples. Some are, but most are just a miniature version of the large cookstoves and made for toys. Your Little Eva Stove (by T. Southard) was made in the late 1800s or early 1900s. There were lots of different companies and styles during that time, all having different values today.
It was made accurately and could actually be used with wood to cook on. You could fill the belly with wood and put food in the pans or pots and make smaller versions of mom’s meals. Imagine that being done today? I don’t think so. Just think of how hot it could get. 
Having your grandmother’s stove in such nice condition and with all the added parts makes it very desirable to a collector in today’s market. Things have changed with all the reproductions being made (which has brought down values) but to find the old ones I would think would be a great hunt and reward to find. 
I saw several while doing research; prices were all over the place, but I feel your stove should be in the $250 range to a collector. It is nice and, even better, it has a family history with it. I hope you keep it and share it with someone in your family as well.
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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