This tile stove was made by the Low Art Tile company in Chelsea, MA in the 1880s. The frame is cast iron and the surface is ceramic tile molded with a Classical motif. It is shown with a coal basket but still has the original wood-burning grate too.
Tile stoves were popular during the late 19th century, doing double duty as a beautiful object and an efficient way to radiate heat into a room. The spread of central heating systems reduced the market for heating stoves and production of tile stoves largely ceased by World War I.
Chapter 8 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners discusses historic heating systems and delves into appropriate options for modern and efficient HVAC systems that don’t distract from the historic character of your home.
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