Here is a customers Belle Portable in the final stages of the restoration. As you can see the majority of the top plate is new, the right hand side top plate insert, and both smoke box shells. The original parts that were in good condition have been retained. I can supply new castings for most cooking ranges so do get in touch if your range is damaged or has missing parts.
This range is fairly typical of the kind that come here for restoration. On the outside they look tired and tatty but in reasonable order but inside they are a mess. It is for this reason that I am so diligent with my restorations as a range that appears to be in fair aesthetic condition could (and probably is) in very poor working condition. It's sometimes easy to forget that these ranges are 100+ years old and for much of that time they may have had a coal fire inn them for 12hrs of the day!