Sunday, April 24, 2011

In the Basement

Cheryl in NY sent me the following email and photos:

I was searching the web for info on a Tappan gas stove that was in the basement of my house (when the house was purchased) when I stumbled upon your website/blog. I don't even know if your doing this anymore, but I am going crazy trying to find someone out there that can help me.

The stove has been in my basement for 5 years now, and I got to thinking that it would look great in my kitchen, but I need to have it restored. In order to do this, I need to know the approx. year of it and who I would contact about restoration. I saw on your site you have helped some people with their questions, and I am hoping you can help me. I have attached pics of my stove - the model # is 6V 57 3 and the serial # is 40527. I haven't been able to find anything about this stove anywhere on the internet. I would also love to find a owner's manuel if possible!!

Thank you for any help you can provide, it would be greatly appreciated."
Cherly's stove is very similar to Angie's stove.  The "cove top" back splash usually indicates the 1940's.  The handles on the stove are a later 1940's version (if you look at some of the other 1940's posts, you can see the earlier handles),  Cheryl's stove also has that nice pull out cutlery drawer with dish towel drying rods.

As far as restoration companies.  There are many to choose from in the south.....but they are pricey.  I think most of the folks that stumble on my blog are doing the restoration themselves or piecing out specific parts of the restoration (e.g. reporcelain, rebuilding thermostats).  If you look through some of my older posts, you will find links to some of the resources out there.

The porcelain on this stove looks to be in very good condition (with the exception of that lower side panel - which may be hidden by cabinetry anyway).  One of my favorite tools to clean porcelain has been Clorox Magic Erasers.  They remove all kinds of gunk without scratching.  Ammonia water also works well.  If you click on the label "cleaning" on the right hand side of the blog, you will find other tips.  I usually suggest people start with giving their stove a good cleaning.....and then assess it's condition.  It's amazing how a good cleaning can put things in perspective.

Owner's Manuals regularly come up for sale on Ebay for under $10 including shipping. I have also posted (and will continue to do so) pages from various Owner's Manuals on Tappan Talk.

Any other tips for Cheryl?

Thanks Cheryl for sharing your photos!

1 comment:

  1. I too have found a classic in my basement. I think our previous owner used it to can. It is gas. It is called Tappan Deluxe and looking around I found the Model # as HDKV 62-5 I can't seem to find much about it. I would like to restore it to its original glory but don't know much about it. I have been looking for information on it. I can't seem to find anything about the year or anything else.


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