in 1780 the firm of Archibald Kenrick were iron and brass founders.
They manufactured a vast range of Ironmongery and door furniture along
with household items. Still in business today they are a leading
producer of locks and door hardware.
Up to WW1 they produced a range of stoves in a design common to the late Victorian period. A heavy, cast iron base held the fuel and located one or more wick burners.
A chimney of enamelled or tinned steel was supported by a cast gallery and on top of the chimney was a cast trivet to take pans or kettles.
'Premier' featured in their range from the late 1800's until the
outbreak of WW1 and was favoured by domestic cooks because of its
weight. This gave stability to heavy pans placed on top.
Note the round trivet with lugs to prevent a kettle from sliding off. The large, easy to use control knob and iron carrying handle, one on each side of the stove.
This is the rear of the stove, on the other side of the brown enamel chimney is a clear window or Mica to see and adjust the flame.
Mica is a natural mineral and can be cleaved, like slate, ever thinner until a transparent layer is achieved. It does not shatter like glass and will take the heat from a flame.
the stove is working and you can see the flame from the 4 1/2"
long single wick through the large mica window.
The inside of the chimney is enamelled in white to show the flame and to give out some light in the small gloomy kitchens of the late 1800's
On top of the trivet is a very rare heater accessory. By placing this cast iron radiator on top the the stove it heats up to a considerable temperature and radiates heat out to a room. This would not be permitted in today's safety conscious society as the radiator is hot enough to burn through several layers of skin if touched!
|The top of
the circular trivet, proudly displaying the initials of the Company
'AK', Archibald Kenrick and to each side ' &S' ..and Sons. The
name was adopted in much earlier 1827 when Archibald Kenrick Junior
joined his father in the business.
During a two day power cut at home in 2010 this stove was pressed into service as a water boiler in our kitchen. It still performed perfectly after 100 years.!
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