Tabletop Electric Stove

A. Table-top electric stove, nickel-plated. Rectangular block form on four ebonized wooden feet. Two pierced side panels with upper coiled heating unit comprised of curved metal coils mounted under a crisscrossed grate, insulated with long strips of mica. Hollow, flat base with canted sides. Rectangular drip pan with wire handle, under the heating element, can be pulled out for cleaning. Two prongs on back of upper grate for attaching power cord, with hood. Yellow enamel on underside of base. Attached metal plate at front, black with silver writing: “American Beauty” GLOWER STOVE/CAT. NO. 3350-G VOLTS 110-125 WATTS 500/LMP/MADE BY/ AMERICAN ELECTRICAL HEATER CO./DETROIT, U.S.A.”; top of base is engraved/stamped: “American Beauty” GLOWER STOVE/CAT. NO. 3350-G VOLTS 110-125 WATTS 500/LMP/MADE BY/ AMERICAN ELECTRICAL HEATER CO./DETROIT, U.S.A./PATENTS PENDING”
B. Black and gold cloth power cord, woven, with two separate porcelain attachments, black, on one end, molded plastic two-pronged plug on opposite end.
In original cardboard box marked: "RITE-HEAT GLOWER STOVE/ELECTRIC".
“LMP”: “Licensed under Marsh Patents”, for chromium-nickel alloy resistance wire, which was patented by Albert Marsh, Lake Bluff, Illinois, February 6, 1906. (Catalogue card)
An ad illustrated in Toasters and Small Kitchen Appliances: A Price Guide, p. 67 states that this “Utility Stove” was sold in 1920.
Maker is American Electric Heater Company, circa 1890-present.
Currently not on view
Object Name
plate, hot
date made
ca 1920
American Electrical Heater Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
ceramic (plug material)
mica (heating element material)
cloth (cord material)
plastic (plug material)
average spatial: 10 cm x 16.5 cm x 15 cm; 3 15/16 in x 6 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in
overall hot plate: 3 3/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 5 5/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 15.5575 cm x 14.2875 cm
overall-in box: 3 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 15.875 cm x 16.51 cm
overall-cord folded: 1 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 4.445 cm x 19.05 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joyce Barth & Florence E. Scuderi
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