Antique Pot Belly Stoves
An antique pot belly stove is a round wood-burning stove with a bulge in the middle. They were made of cast-iron and were commonly used in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
Pot belly stoves were specifically designed to heat large, open areas and, as a result, were typically found in one-room schoolhouses, train stations or barns. The classic pot belly stove design featured a flat top which allowed for water to be boiled or food to be cooked.History & Description
The name comes from the stoves similarity to a fat man’s pot belly.
Guide for collectors
Pot belly stoves are one of the most popular examples of antique stoves with collectors and are still bought with a view to use in a kitchen. This is partially due to their high build quality, small size and portability. Antique examples can be purchased from $100 to over $350 at auction houses.
Antique pot belly stoves are also infrequently advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. While the items’ conditions vary significantly, they generally sell for around $300.
While restoring antique pot belly stoves is recommended, collectors or existing owners are urged to go through respected professional restorers to ensure that as much of the item’s original features are retained. Additionally, any below-part restoration can potentially decrease an item’s value.
Notable auction sales
On February 16th 2008 at Kaminski auctions in Beverly, Massachusetts, a B. & M. Railroad cast iron pot belly stove once used on a Pullman car, circa 1870, was sold for $300.
On June 22nd 2008 at Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, a professionally restored pot belly stove, circa 1910 to 1930, realised a price of $350.
On March 7th 2012, a vintage cast-iron pot belly stove was sold on eBay for $395.
On March 6th 2012, a two foot tall cast-iron pot belly parlour stove, circa 1898, was sold on eBay for a realised price of $357.99.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)