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Railway Cooking Stove Patent Model

Railway Cooking Stove Patent Model

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Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 3,656) of a railway cooking stove made by John B. Chollar and Homer Parmelee of West Troy, NY (now Watervliet) and patented on July 11, 1844; painted black with inventors' names, location and date in gold on oven front and back. Consists of an elevated stationary oven on arched legs that connect to a triangular frame with three rollers that carry a movable stove. Removable grate and center section of stove top. Loose, small diamond- or lozenge-shape cover of unknown purpose. Oven and legs are broken apart. Pieces of two darkened paper tags tied to oven with red or purple wove ribbon are printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
Chollar and Parmelee's patent is not for the entire stove but just the "new and useful improvements in cooking-stoves applicable to the stove known as Isaac B. Bucklins patent railway cooking-stove and other stoves of similar construction." (Isaac B. Bucklin, also of West Troy, received U.S. Patent No. 825 for his railway cooking stove on July 9, 1838; reissued August 27, 1840.)
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Object Name
stove, cooking, railway
Date made
patent date
place made
United States: New York, Watervliet
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
paint (finish material)
overall: 55 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 141.2875 cm x 12.065 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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