"Union" Lamp Stove

"Union" Lamp Stove

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Three-burner, tabletop kerosene or oil stove having one tapered rectangular fount for three oblong rectangular burners, each wick tube containing one long wick, and three inverted tapered chimneys cast as one piece, each with a pivoting rectangular window on front; topped by a fixed rectangular grate. Red and gold product decal "UNION" on one side of fount. Burner plate screws onto fount, while chimneys hook onto back side of burner and are secured by a spring latch or clasp on front. Fount top has a filling spout at one corner and is cast in with foundry name and location on ends.
Maker is the Central Oil & Gas Stove Co. of Gardner, MA; started by William H. Wilder in 1875, but not known when ceased operations (sometime after the early 1920s).
Lamp stoves such as this have been identified for being used to heat irons during the summer months, but were, in reailty, a portable multipurpose appliance used for cooking, heating and lighting in houses, at camps and elsewhere. According to the donor, his mother used this lamp stove in rural Caroline County, VA, during the 1930s to "heat food and bottle for him as a child."
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp stove
date made
after 1897
Collins, Herbert Ridgeway
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Gardner
place owned; place used
United States: Virginia, Bowling Green
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
brass (burners, wick tubes material)
cotton (wicks material)
mica (windows material)
overall: 9 3/4 in x 9 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 24.765 cm x 24.4475 cm x 18.0975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Herbert R. Collins
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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