Cast With Style: Nineteenth Century Cast-Iron Stoves from the Albany Area

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SUNY Press, 1984 - Antiques & Collectibles - 122 pages
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During the nineteenth century, Albany and Troy manufacturers were considered to be among the largest producers of cast-iron stoves in the world. Stoves made in these two upstate New York cities were renowned for their fine-quality castings and innovations in technology and design. The strategic location of Albany and Troy, only nine miles apart on opposite banks of the Hudson River, afforded easy and inexpensive transportation of raw materials to the foundries and finished stoves to worldwide markets.

Cast-iron stovemaking reached its highest artistic achievement with the advent of the cupola furnace, which permitted more elaborate designs and finer-quality castings. Stove designers borrowed freely from architectural and cabinetmakers, design books, a process that resulted in the use of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and rococo revival motifs, as well as patriotic symbols. The range of stove types included Franklin, box, dumb, base-burning, parlor cook stoves, and ranges. However, the stoves that attracted the most attention and helped to secure the reputation of stoves were those produced during the 1830s and 1840s. These stoves were a focal point for a Victorian parlor because the overall designs incorporated current tastes in architecture, furniture, and other decorative arts.

The Albany Institute of History and Art is nationally known for its excellent collection of nineteenth-century cast-iron stoves, and some of the finest pieces from that collection are featured in this classic volume.

Tammis K. Groft is Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Albany Institute of History and Art. She is the coeditor (with Mary Alice Mackay) of Albany Institute of History and Art: 200 Years of Collecting.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Eighteenth Century American Stovemaking
12
Stove Industry in Albany and Troy
14
Advertising
17
Fuels
18
Unions and Associations
19
Stovemaking Process
21
From Iron Ore to Pig Iron
23
Parlor Cookstoves
83
Cookstoves and Ranges
85
Notts Patent
90
Pyramid and BaseBurning Stoves
94
Dumb Stoves
98
Kerosene Stoves
101
Soapstone Stoves
102
Toy Stoves
103

Stove Finishing
24
Invention and Design Patents
25
Design Patents
30
Conclusion
34
Catalogue
35
Box Stoves
37
Shaker Stoves
45
Column Parlor Stoves
46
Parlor Stoves
63
Related Stoves Stove Furniture and Hollowware
105
Footnotes
108
Map of the City of Albany
110
Appendix
111
Troy Stovemakers
115
Map of the City of Troy
116
Bibliography
120
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Tammis K. Groft is Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Albany Institute of History and Art.

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