Saturday, June 5, 2010

Deluxe Cove-Top

Dionne sent me photos of his early Tappan stove model #BGVD-57 with the following info: The inside of the oven is chrome.  No clock, just a visiminder and a guage for cooking times/temps of various foods.  It has a pull string  light. It does not say "deluxe", just says "Tappan" on the stove backsplash and on the red oven temp knob in the control box.  It has a pull out drawer and towel rack on on side with the controls and the other side compartment has a pull out wire basket and drawer. The burners on the stove have one continuous grate over 2 on each side.

The first thing I did was pull out some old Sales Manuals.  I do have some pictures of a stove similar to this one in a 1941 sales manual (the 1940 sales manual I have does not have anything similar). The stove in my 1941 manual has the same back splash as Dionne's....(which was called the "Deluxe Cove-Top" with "edge-lighted dials").  It looks like this was a newer back splash that they were introducing.

The stove in this manual was different from Dionne's in that the vents on the back splash do not run horizontally. It's a little hard to tell from the pics, but I think the vents in the sales manual are either vertical..or the stove vents from the back. The knobs on the manual stove are an older style...Dionne's are the same as the later Deluxe. The burners on the sales manual stove are also one unit on each side.

I'm guessing this stove is a 1942 or 1943 model. Your guess?


  1. is there a way to clean the inside of the oven

  2. You can use anything non-scratch. From the commercial oven cleaners to something like Barkeeper's Friend or Bon Ami. Martha Stewart uses a paste of 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water - brushes it on and leaves overnight, then uses warm water and a sponge to clean the next day.


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