Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.



<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 304) of a cooking stove with an elevated, stepped-back oven on three legs, made by David W. Barker of Clyde, NY, and patented on July 29, 1837. Open oven, designed to have sliding or folding doors on front and back, is enclosed by a flue at sides and top that is fed by the stove. Faint markings (either incised or inscribed) include "[D.W.] Barker" to left of smoke pipe opening, two circles on bottom inside oven, two more circles marked "Griddle" on stove top, and "Slide pan" on hearth. Soft soldered lapped seams. Two darkened paper tags tied to eye hook on oven front with white string are printed and handwritten with patent information and object numbers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
patent date
Barker, David W.
place made
United States: New York, Clyde
associated place
United States: New York, Clyde
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in x 5 in; 13.97 cm x 10.4775 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession number
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.