Im just amazed by this stove
It looks like a mix of Art Nouveau with a little Empire State Building mixed in
Its seriously a work of art... the value of that thing must be enormous!!!
You know, it's really hard to say how much the thing is really worth. The value of all antiques is down quite a bit from where they were 5-6 years ago like pretty much everything else. And at a time when the cost of restoration has gone up dramatically. And it doesn't seem like any of these factors is going to change in the near or even in the next 5-10 years with what's going on in the world and here at home. The stoves that the collectors want are the real over-the-top ornate stoves that are about 10-15 years older than this one. And the people that would actually use them are almost ZERO. I don't know of any stove collectors that actually would put a fire in them. I'm sure there are exceptions, but most of them just have them setting around. Or they put a light bulb in them to light them up. The other thing that's against this stove value wise, is how big it is. Favorite made one that's a little larger than this one, but this one still weighs in at around 575 pounds! And so the collectors like the small baseburners that weigh about half of where this one comes in at! If you are going to have 40-50 of these things around, I can understand that for sure. Plus, these old stoves are fragile and it takes a bit of planning and some help to move one. They do allow for a lot of stuff to come off them, but this one still feels like it's screwed to the floor even then! I would guess it's worth around 4-5 thousand. I wouldn't take that for it because I like the stove and don't feel like going on another hunt for one. And maybe I'm off some on that estimate, but I've seen some pretty nice baseburners show up on ebay for less money than that, and they have no takers.
So all that said, it's kind of a buyers market in a lot of ways for this kind of stuff. But if you are thinking of it as an investment, you may run into some trouble on that one. Restoration is getting to be more and more expensive at a time when there is less and less interest in this sort of thing. So, there are a a few factors putting pressure on these things and antiques in general not gaining much in value in the next few years anyway. How many young people are interested in these things? Or anything old for that matter.