Here we have some images from the restoration of the Bandera stove. As you can see from the pictures the back plate was completely rotten and so a new pattern has been made. The iron casting will of course follow. Likewise the front plate and the side of this little stove have also required new patterns. A mock up of the stove is pictures here assembled on the original base plate.
I don't think I have ever seen a stove in such a state! This little Bandera stove from Smith and Wellstood's Columbian Stove and Iron Works has certainly seen better days. It dates to the 1920s and has been used daily up until recently. It was originally fitted to a traction engine's living van and it will be returning there in the next few weeks.
Watch this space for updates on the extensive restoration of this little range including new patterns and casting for the top plate, front plate, rear, complete oven, grate hanger, damper assembly etc etc!
This fantastic "Wellstood" cooking range arrived at my workshops yesterday evening. The "Wellstood" was the top of the range appliance from the famous 'Smith & Wellstood' company at the time and their ranges could be found in many of the larger establihsments around the Bristish Isles and beyond. This one is in pretty reasonable order but will be restored to the high standard that it is deserving of.
The other image shows an engraving from an original catalogue of the a very similar model.
It's been all stoves this week with four fantastic examples being restored and ready for their new homes. The first is a 'Caledonian Queen' which is a great example of Art Deco designs in a stoves whilst the one next to it, a 'Queenie' is very much of the previous century. There is also a Tortoise No1 and Dumpy No2, both were used extensivley in Shepherds huts and Living vans.