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Here is an awesome find, not only because of the item, but the fact that it was found in NYC in this day and age. This antique gas water heater or boiler is made from copper and brass. It is 30.5" high, the tank is app. 10" in diameter, and including all the pipes and levers, extends 12" x 15". It weighs over 30 lbs not including packaging and I prefer a pick up, but I will ship, figure app. 125$ - 150$ if you are in California, less if you are closer to NY.
The top plaque reads "PATENT, EWART & Sons Ltd., "CALIFONT", No. 5074, 346-350 EUSTON ROAD, LONDON". The second plaque gives directions for configuring the heater. At the bottom one of the vents pulls out to reveal the many pilot jets, app. 30. Above the jets is the thickest pipe, this reads "PATENT" on both the front and back. Above and to the right is a lever that reads gas. The tenth photo shows a close-up of where two screws have been removed. The patina is really gorgeous on the entire piece Looking inside from the top the sides of the tank are shaped like an inverted bee hive, a really cool design. One last thing, there is some shiny black stuff on the top plaque, and on side side of the tank,I don't know what it is but it easily comes off with your finger nail.
This heater was first introduced by EWART in 1899, and named "CALIFONT". It made a remarkable change to the way people lived with hot water. This was the earliest water heater that could transfer water to other places in the home other than the room in which it was housed. Before that, you had to carry hot water from room to room, or if you could afford to, have many water heaters through-out your home. Please see my other items while you are here! Payment is due within two days of sale end. Shipping Fees are higher for International buyers, please inquire. Returns are given only if item has been erroneously portrayed in the listing's description. Return shipping is paid by the Buyer and must be made in 14 days. I give shipping discounts when you combine sales into one order. Thank You.