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POT BELLY masterpiece {reduced}


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Ad number:#1020887029
Phone:414 530 5757
City:Big Bend Area


Looking for an outstanding vintage Pot Belly Stove in exceptional condition? Eureka! This is your lucky day!  This is an original Gem City Pot Belly Stove {# 419}, manufactured in 1918 in Quincy Ill. and patented in 1910! Commanding presence it is thoroughly intact with all ancillaries and in perfect working condition. This is the “Real Mc Coy” in a full size pot belly coal/wood stove. An original and genuine coal/wood stove in extremely nice condition. This potbelly stove is an American that heated homes {like the post war barracks I was born in}, railroad depots and general stores. They accompanied American pioneers as they traveled the country for the first time by locomotive. These portly heaters found a second home in public buildings and gathering places establishing these barrel stoves as the center piece of social activity in schools, churches, town halls and meeting houses. And of course, the local general store. Named for its bulging center, the pot belly burns wood or coal. This one will easily serve as a focal point in any room and could easily be connected to serve its main purpose…to HEAT! The lower “belly” is approx. 18” in diameter and assists the total heat output by increasing the surfaces area from which heat radiates. This is considered a full size stove that will heat your largest of spaces and warm your heart! The #419 is among the sturdiest made {100% solid cast iron without any shortcuts} and will forever hold a unique place in America's past. Clean as a whistle inside and out, this beauty is ready to proudly display and it can and will work hard to warm your home. So, lots of charm, history and character while fully functional. Includes the standard 6" flue collar, and dedicated tools. Measures 51.0" H {without finial} x 28.5” x 28.5" foot print x 18.5" diameter top + cast iron belly. 

A quantum of history: Between 1829 and 1870, more than 10,500 Germans settled in Quincy Illinois, bringing to the community highly skilled craftsmen and high caliber citizens, the majority of whom settled in the southwest section of the city. Manufacturers produced stoves, plows, household furniture, organs, carriages, and farm wagons. Several breweries and a distillery also prospered. Front Street was a mix of dry goods stores, saloons, hotels and restaurants. Quincy became home to a number of the finest pioneer leaders in business, law and trade. In 1884 William Wewers & George Pollock organized the Gem City Stove Co. at Front & York, employing 50 men & boys. Yup!  Gem City Stove Mfg. Company where this very GEM {yes…the one you are looking at} was designed and built! Mind you, it was built for fire and built to last!  

Priced “light years” below value at $1750 OBO…. 

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