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Thursday, December 23, 2010

J & E Stevens Co. and More Cast Iron

This cast iron furniture is modeled after the J & E Stevens Co. cast iron Victorian parlor set.  I have not found a home for it yet.  It has been sitting in bubble wrap in a box on a shelf.  I like to get it out every once and a while and study it.  It is pretty crude, yet made to look intricate like the carved wood furniture of the time.  Maybe a room box?  J&E Stevens pieces were produced in Connecticut and date from the late 1800's.  This is most likely a reproduction.

I have two of these Victorian Settees.  They are cast iron and measure about 6-1/2" long.

This is a  Victorian Parlor chair and ottoman

These  parlor chairs and measure 4-1/2" tall.

I have a few of these victorian tables.  They measure 3" tall.

This parlor chair was a recent ebay find, to help complete my collection.

This cast iron baby cradle is similar to the Stevens cradle that date from the mid 1800's.  It is not marked so I do not know if it is one or not.

This is a tall cast iron grandfather clock.  I do not know much about it and I have not been able to find it in any of my research yet. 

This pot belly stove is labeled "Flying R Ranch" on the removable 'griddle' on the top.

I picked up this pot bellied stove at an antique store a few years ago.  I have no idea on the age, but I suspect it is probably a reproduction piece from the 1970's.

This cast iron stove is marked "ROYAL" on the door.  It was an ebay purchase and I believe at some point it was re-painted.  It has gas controls so it probably dates from the 1920's or 1930's.


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  2. That is very interesting. I have never seen the grandfater clock before. I have the parlor set and keep it in my Italianate Victorian house. I think it is a very handsome set. Cheers, C

  3. Love the stove. Wish I could find on in quarter scale. You have a great collection here. :D

  4. I have a few pieces like this from a gagage sale.

  5. I have a chair, foot stool and a coal bucket with a scoop that I don't see in your collection...had I known these were so old I could have gotton one of the pot belly stoves but passed it up!!! I love your blog!!

  6. Hello, I have to share with you that based on the photos, I believe your set is made in the 1970s. With all of the rough edges and very indistinct detail they look like reproductions. Compare them with the originals found on high-end auction sites. The originals have very sharp, extremely fine and distinct detail, with finely finished edges and indications of highly polished surfaces. The crude replicas are very blurred, with rough edges, indistinct throughout, and no indication of previous flocked seats or highly polished surfaces.

    I think the replicas are very sweet to own but should be displayed as 1970s reproductions of 19th century antiques.

    Here is a link of originals sold by a high-end auction:

    Here are more examples of just how finely detailed and finished Stevens & Brown items were produced and survive to the present: