Q: About 10 years ago, I rescued an old stove from a land dump. It’s 31 inches tall and 15 inches in diameter. A metal plate on it says “Wetter’s Emerald” and “211.” Can you tell me something about the manufacturer and age of this stove?
A: H. Wetter & Co. was in business in Memphis, Tenn., before 1883. The company was listed that year as “jobbers, agents and dealers in stoves, tinware, hardware, etc.” The factory in Memphis burned down in 1902 and the company moved production to an old stove factory in South Pittsburg, Tenn. The company was reorganized in about 1931 and became the United States Stove Co. The South Pittsburg factory was razed in 2003, but the United States Stove Co. is still in business with facilities in Richard City, Tenn., and Bridgeport, Ala.