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Treasure Hunt: March 26, 2014


03/31/15



 Hi Donna,


I saw in the Hippo that you might be able to give me an approximate value on the attached Leonard & Baker cook stove. 

Joanne
 
Dear Joanne,
Cook stoves are not really in a specific antique category and are tough to evaluate for appraisal values, but I can give you my experience with them and see if that will help you out.
 
Your stove is a Fairmont but designed by Leonard & Baker Co., in Taunton, Mass. They had other locations as well, but yours being an early 1900s model means it most likely came from there. Cook stoves, whether they burned wood, wood and gas, or just gas, were needed at that time. So there are many out there even today that survived and are in good working condition.
 
History isn’t what will count when trying to determine the value as much as trying to find a new home for it will. So condition, design, sometimes the manufacturer and use of it will be where the value lies. I have heard of a company that fully restores such stoves into electric but with the same old-fashioned look. These stoves sell for thousands of dollars, as do reproduction stoves of this same style.  
 
If I had to put an appraisal on it for age, history, condition now, usefulness, etc., I would say it should be worth a couple thousand dollars. But on an actual market, you see stoves in this age, color and style go for around $500. If you are looking to sell it, it will either be bought by someone who would like it for a camp or in their home, or picked up by someone who has the ability to fully restore and re-create it.
 
        I hope you are keeping it and are still using it. They cook really well; I have had one and used it often for cooking and heating as well. 

Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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