Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Opal Glass Light

A fellow Twin Cities bungalow owner sent me this email about her Tappan stove...
"Good Morning! We have so much in common!  My husband and i live in S. Mpls in a little stucco house too :) This oven was in the basement and we really like it, but it's in rough shape.  Do you know anybody who does restoration who we could talk to about getting it restored to usability?  Also, I am having a tough time finding this particular tappan model online at all.  It's 2622 wv271  Have you heard anything about this particular model? Thanks, really enjoy your site!"

I think this stove is most likely from the late 1930's - early 1940's. We have seen similar stoves from other readers with that great Opal Glass Light. It seems like the oven door handle holds the clue to they year....the more rounded handles, like this one, appear to be later and the longer more squared off handles appear to be earlier. As these stoves moved into the 1940's, the opening mechanism for the side storage cabinets moved from a turn knob to the lift release buttons that we see as standard on the Tappan Deluxe models.

Another Twin Cities reader sent me an email a while back with a recommendation of a local guy that worked on her vintage stove. I have not used him. If you do, I'd love to hear about your experience. His name is Al Ligons, and his company is Absolutely Guaranteed Appliance Service.

Sars, thanks for sharing your photos!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely stove and a worthy project. This one is much like mine, with the same light and handles. The opal light casts a very nice warm yellow light. Great picture and hope to see an "after" one someday.


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