Here we have something really special. This is a very early cooking range of the Coalbrookdale company. It has an adjustable fire cheek so the size of the fire can be increased or reduced for different purposes. Adjustment is via a rack and pinion system that is controlled with a crank handle that fits into a socket on the left hand side sham.
This range also comes with a large wrought iron chimney crane for hanging pots/ griddle/ pans etc over the fire.
The depth of the releif and gauage of the castings shows its quality and it goes without saying that this would have been a very expensive piece of apparatus back in the day.
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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.
Here we have a fantastic Cornish Range that came into stock recently. These ranges are some of my favourites so when they come up for sale I always go for them. This one is particularly nice as it has an excess of brass ornamentation. The amount of brass on your range represented your status so this must have come from a fairly well off cottager family.
These ranges are unique to Cornwall and rarely found elsewhere.
Do get in touch if you are intertested in this range as I doubt it will be around for long!
I was recently asked to find a specific example of a 'Midlands' range. After much searching we sadly could not find something the correct size for the gentlemans chimney recess. We decided then to make one! Here is a picture from the early stages of the project showing a scale drawing of what we plan to acheive. The sham plates and bars placed around are originals for reference. Next stage is to cut the sham plates from 1/2" ply to start work on the patterns. The range will eventually measure 43" across and will comprise of original oven and boiler.
We suspect it will be the first range of its type to be cast since around 1850!
I got another restoration out last week. This one was a big project. Although it appears to be simply in its construction there was a lot of damage and required several major new castings. Since it is such an early example (circa 1820) the castings are all very thick and large. The boiler and oven are both single castings which is a hell of an acheivement for the period.
It is now back home and awaiting to be reinstalled in a newly restored scullery.
I was up in the Evesham area recently to tidy up a Coalbrookdale range installed in a 17th century cottage. The owner could remember her mum cooking on it up until the 1970's. With the planned work to the chimney it will be ready to work again.
The firebox cheeks were replaced with firestone to protect the existing iron work. The oven will not practically be used so we decided it better to preserve the range in this way rather than exposed the already damaged oven to more abuse. The brick flue was renewed and the hood was removed. After several hours of cleaning it was polished and came up a treat.