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.
I often get asked about the Queen Anne Stove or 'Queenie' for short. It's a really beautiful little stove that has a real following not only with the gypsy caravan folk. Smith and Wellstood, the original manufactuerers of the stove produced it from the late 19th century to the 1940s so there are still plenty of examples to unearth and restore.
One of the principle parts that goes missing is the decorative hot plate finial so I decided to have a batch cast. There is no modification required to your stove, the piece simply sits on top of the stove when the hot plates are not in use.
I have also had a batch of grates cast as these are commonly burnt out. It's a very unsual shaped grate and so can be a pain to fabricate. These new ones are exactly the same dimensions as the old ones and simply slot in place fit for years more service!
All items are cast in the Uk from grey iron as they were all those years ago.
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I recently picked up this nice little Guidwife portable range. Guidwife was manufactured at the Caledonia Stove and Iron works of Bonnybridge Scotland that were affiliated with the mighty Smith and Wellstood Ltd and their Columbian foundry of the same location. Of the Guidwife range there were 144 different types with various combinations of ovens, fires, shams and boilers.
This Guidwife is in excellent condition (despite how it appears in the photo) and will be on my to do list in the next month or so. It was found in the staff kitchen of a large Victorian hotel in Oxofrd.
On board the Mayflower
Last weekend we found a few spare hours and got down to Bristol harbour. The familiar smell of coal was in the air and we found the Mayflower moored up and under steam. She's the oldest steam tug in the world and was built in 1861 and saved from from the scrappy in the late 70's by a 20 year old lad!
If it had been left to British Waterways she would have been melted down for bean cans years ago.
Trips are £5 per person and she is crewed by volunteers from the 'M-Shed'. It's well worth the money and the crew are knowledgable and keen to talk. Check the 'M-Shed' website to see when Mayflower is next running.
Inside there is a lovely little range from the 'Colombian' works of Smith and Wellstood of Bonnybridge, Scotland.