To have your cookstove identified, email images of your stove to and staff will assist with identification. The book “Identification and Dating of Round Oak Heating Stoves” (Book Order Form) provides greater detail. After Beckwith’s death, the official company name was changed to The Estate of P. The company also added new products, like furnaces and cooking stoves, and introduced a popular mascot around 1900 – Chief Doe-Wah-Jack. advertising and stoves until the company’s demise in 1946.Chief Doe-Wah-Jack, a fictional Native American Indian, appeared on most Round Oak Stove Company and Estate of P. Chief Doe-Wah-Jack was introduced when, with the spread of the telephone, customers had trouble pronouncing Dowagiac when asking the operator for a connection.For more detailed information on the history of the company, the books “Round Oak: A Good Thing From Doe-Wah-Jack” and “The Round Oak Stove People” provide detailed information on Round Oak and the people behind the company. Beginning with the B-model stove in 1898, most stoves had “Estate of P. To identify your stove, follow these steps: Additional identifiers: 1. Beckwith died in 1889, Round Oak was incorporated as the Estate of P.
The Round Oak name was sold to Peerless Furnace, which continued to make repair parts for furnaces and stoves. and Round Oak Stove & Furnace Company artifacts are collected worldwide today.The busts that decorated the building's exterior included Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Emerson, Whitman, Shakespeare, Sarah Bernhardt and Susan B. When the building was razed in 1966, the busts were salvaged.Eight are today used in columns standing at the entrance to the Lyons Building at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. Most stoves produced after 1890 carry the mark of “Estate of P. Beckwith” along with “Round Oak”, which has confused novice collectors as to the original owner of Round Oak stoves – many believing they have purchased a stove actually used by Beckwith himself.The numbers (12, 14, 16, 18, 20, etc.) indicate the size and usually appeared before or after the model letter. The size of the stove was the diameter of the firepot. Cast iron wood-burning stoves are among the oldest sources of heat and fire that are still in use today.