This type of range was generally refereed to as a 'Cottage' range. They appear similar to their larger cousins in design but they're proportions are small by comparison. They are always far prettier than other ranges of they're type as well and this one is certainly no exception! The latch and strap hinges in particular are highly ornamented and together with the polished brass oven vent it gives for a very smart appearance.
This one bears the name "Callas Sons & May, Reading" on the oven door. This company was a general ironmongers and would have originally supplied the range from their shop on Oxford Road, Reading. I purchased this range from the same city so perhaps it would be of special interest to someone that harks from that area?
This range has its original swinging trivet over the firebox, a drop bar and also a decorative slide out shelf for resting pots before the fire. The oven on these ranges are notable since they are round and of one piece cast iron construction.
The benefit with cottages ranges is that they often fit in a standard fireplace opening so no building work is required in bricking in or extending a recess.
When I have had them fitted before I have recommended them to be installed with a Bath stone (Limestone) surround with antique pine mantle. The recess can be lime rendered and the whole sat upon an oiled slate hearth. The effect is greatly pleasing.
All of the above can be supplied upon request at additional cost.
W - 24"
H - 24"
D - 14"
This item can be shipped most places in England for £60 but please get in touch prior to buyer for an accurate quote.