1800's Peoria Stoves Cast Iron Cook Wood Stove NR

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 03, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

PLEASE NOTE: This 2 piece stove weighs several hundred ( base alone 200 lbs. or better?) Local Pickup Only. Item zip code is 54981, Wisconsin. No shipping is, or will be available, sorry!

I hate to let this Beauty Go...........This is a fabulous example of a circa late 1800's Cast Iron Cook Woodstove. YES, it was restored in 1979 or 1980, but we'll get back to that, promise.

The stove is a "SUNSHINE LEXINGTON 396 18" made by Peoria Stoves (of Illinois, if I am not mistaken?) But the round thermometer dial in the center of the oven reads,"Cutler & Proctor Stove Co.." I think that may be the dial manufacturing company? Any added or correct info is always welcome and appreciated :)

Also please note: Not all photos show the coffee pot trivet located centrally on the top right hand side that swings out and also removes completely away from the stove. It is included, but not all photos show it. It is not of a solid decor, but has a "pierced" design, very pretty.

While looking at photos~ What are white speckles? I'm not sure, I'm guessing paint or drywall (this is in the basement of my son's house 1500 miles away from me, and he's begun remodeling of the basement) and photo of the central long warming oven on the top section, the light band you see across the top of that roll-up drawer is dust...

Dimensions and Specifics of the Stove are: All measurements are approximate within 3-5 inches.

Height: 31 1/2" base alone or 63 1/2" with the warming oven top

Width : Includes water reservoir: 47 1/2"

Depth: 28 1/2"

Marks found:


On Temperature Gauge: CUTLER & PROCTOR STOVE CO. It then has a "food guide" i.e. temperatures for different foods.

The stove is missing the lid handle. T isn't and hasn't been since I owned it, a rack for the oven. Two wood pokes are included. The side grate freely slides back and forth for heat regulation, and the ash box slides out for easy ash removal. T are three sets of warming ovens. One pair on each side of the chimney which are double doors that open out away from each other, and the top central which rolls up into the top.

CONDITION AND PERSONAL HISTORY: Condition is Very Good-Excellent! As seen in photos, t is some light surface rust beginning in spots, and the cover on the thermometer gauge is cracked and clouded. 3 of the lids on the burner surface are heat-cracked and have been since I've owned the stove, but I was still able to lift and move the lids because the cracks do not go completely through each lid, but they should be replaced at some point.

HISTORY: 30 years ago when fuel oil prices were out of this world, and everyone resorted to wood heat, I rescued this stove from my mother's back yard, it was a rusty mess~but I'd seen what my mother could do with old broken antiques to have to enjoy at home, and so it was restored (sand blasted and painted) by us...none professionals. W it came from before that I don't remember or know. A new water reservoir was made for it, (it never leaked), the original was missing when I got it, and an ash box was acquired for it. I don't recall now the if ash box was made or "begotten" from another :) It has never been outside since. It's been stored in two homes, not garages, and for the last 18 years has been in the basement of what is now the home of my Son & Daughter-In-Law. They have some Grandiose Plans of some sort for the basement, and for reasons I can't understand, they don't seem to want to include my woodstove in their decor....

CAN IT BE USED? For nearly 10 years after it was restored, this stove was USED. I had ALL the cast iron cookware, but perking fresh brewed coffee took too long if ya know what I mean, but freshly fried eggs were the BEST ;) I burned my first loaf of home-made bread in this stove (because I didn't yet understand how to REGULATE the heat, it registered 350 degrees..READY! LET'S GO, LET'S BAKE S...