Toy stove:Jewel Range Jr.

Detroit Stove Worksca. 1910

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

Though toy makers made many miniature stoves, manufacturers of full-sized stoves also produced exact, miniature replicas of their real stoves, possibly as "salesmen samples" used to demonstrate the features of a particular stove to potential buyers. Even stove manufacturers, however, may have envisioned these small stoves as toys. The 1916 Hughes Electric Company catalog, for instance, contained 80 pages of full-sized stoves, and a two-page spread dedicated to a 15-inch stove, touted as the "Idol of a Million Little Girls, a Real Electric Range," and "a gift that makes the child love to cook." This advertisement suggests that, though some manufacturers may have made stoves for salesmen, many manufacturers intended these stoves as children's playthings. Detroit Stove Works, a company that primarily made adult-sized stoves, produced this "Jewel Range Jr." stove, perhaps intending that children would play with it.


  • Title: Toy stove:Jewel Range Jr.
  • Creator: Detroit Stove Works
  • Date Created: ca. 1910
  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Subject Keywords: foodways, housekeeping
  • Type: Housekeeping Toys
  • Medium: sheet metal, nickel-plate, cast iron
  • Object ID: 78.11234

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