We've had the stove - which we call "Babz" - for about five years. When we bought our house - a 1920s craftsman - it had an ugly stove that didn't fit the mostly original kitchen. My wife and I had always loved these and thought it would be a good fit. Unfortunately, they are usually either cheap and in bad condition or completely restored and more than a new stove. After some sticker shock at area vintage stops and a few WTF moments with private sellers from Craigslist we were about to give up when, finally, I found our stove on eBay from a local seller. The guy I bought it from was moving to a new build and this old gal wasn't going to fit in an ultra modern kitchen. It had been fully restored just five years prior with the receipts to back it up. After some back and forth, I went to meet him. He delisted it on eBay and we agreed on a very fair price. He even threw in his old white refrigerator, which we also needed.
Very few people restore/work on these old stoves. A few years ago we met someone who restores them at a swap meet and kept his card just in case. This week the oven quit heating. When the guy gets here, he took one look at the stove and says "I restored this 10 years ago. Rechrome and porcelain. It's a 1952 model." We talked about how we got it and he said he was glad to see it kept up, in use and in a good home. Anyway, he did a full service, replaced the thermal-coupler for the main oven and checked temperature. It's working again like a charm.
Do you have an old stove or oven? Did you grow up with something like it in your home? If so, post it here and share your story.
Edited by atarilbc, 31 December 2016 - 05:03 PM.