Freddy wrote:You've got one amazing stove! Wow... It's more ornate than a queen's guard. Thank you so much for sharing!
The little "mistake" from the factory. Gosh, I don't know..... I'd give consideration to leaving it as it is....for two reasons. Either way could be the right choice, but I want to give you food for thought. One would be simply because that's how it was made, but two, it might be almost impossible to carve it and have it look perfect, or even very good. If it's cut, ground, carved and doesn't look right then you're looking at what...welding it back in & trying to smooth it before it's plated? I might forever be scarred.
I'm anxious to see how it comes along. *smile*
I agree. My business is antique restoration also. What many don't understand about restoration is, the first rule is, "preservation".
I see over restored cars all the time. I see cars painted colors that never existed when these cars were new, but the colors get picked with the view of what looks good to modern eyes. And I see plating were none ever was because some car owners think "more is better".
What's happened with 60-70 years of antique auto restorations is, that it's getting to the point very few people know what these cars really looked like when new, but they think the cars have been "restored to new". And, sadly, cars in museums are some of the worst examples.
Everytime an original "mistake" is changed, history is change along with it. And as such, future perspective is changed too. These things were built by people who were no more perfect in their daily lives than we are in ours. Excepting a few of us.
I feel that perfecting the past shouldn't be part of restoration if restoring these old stoves back to what they really were is the main goal. If changes are to be made to adapt or improve an antique, such as electrifying old oil lamps, I look to see if it can be done so that it's easily reversible and doesn't damage or permanently change original parts. Then, at least history is preserved.
I vote leave the goof - it shows that beauty of a stove was made by humans.
So many stoves - so few chimneys. I must be coal-stone crazy.