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Heater - Gas, Cast Iron, Decorative Arch, circa 1890 Object Reg. No: SH 930818

Summary:
Cast iron gas heater or fire made from black cast iron. The heater is made in the shape of a decorated arch with a protruding gas heater grille in the lower centre. Donated to the Museum by Myles Welan after his scrap metal merchant company, Whelan the Wrecker, went into receivership in 1991.
Description:
Cast iron gas heater or fire made from black cast iron. The heater is made in the shape of a decorated arch with a protruding gas heater grille in the lower centre. The front of the arch has a lined border, decorated with circles containing a simple flower design. At the top centre of the arch a small semi-circular cast iron piece protrudes from the line of the heater, decorated with an image of sun rays. Flat inner section of fire place features a raised relief of an urn or vase in the centre of a wreath of leaves. The heavily ornamented cast iron grille features borders of more than five different designs, emerge from centre. The grille on the heating element consists of 4 thick columns of cast iron lacework. A black metal pipe for connecting the heater to the gas supply is attached to centre of the grille, and extends to the lower right of the object.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Myles Whelan, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 81.50 cm (Height), 5.00 cm (Width), 52.00 cm (Length)
Weight: 60 kg (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Weight is approximate.

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Tagged with: working life, metalworking, heating
Themes this item is part of: Whelan the Wrecker Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Heating & Cooling
Tertiary Classification: gas
Collector: Whelan the Wrecker, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1991
Date Manufactured: circa 1890
References: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/history/hindsight/stories/s1609089.htm

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