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Help identifying 1872 radiator

I'm renovating an old house that came with a group of very old radiators. Their design seems to be extremely unique, and I've never run into them before. The number 1872 is cast into their body, and I assume that's the manufacturing date or model, but I can't find a company name. Does anyone recognize these?


Any help would be appreciated. If it helps place them, I'm in the Chicagoland area.



  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,442
    No wonder you want to patch one! Never seen the like...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    Those are dangerous!! Let me come over there and take them off your hands.... ;)

    Probably the coolest ones I've ever seen-live, on this site or in one of Dan's books.

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    delta T
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,542
    Amazing rads!! built to look like furniture! Are they steam or HOT Water? Are there just pipes that heat, behind those panels or is each panel the actual radiator?
  • mikeg2015
    mikeg2015 Member Posts: 1,194
    I can’t tell if those are covers or castings. They are sort of modular in design. The center sections look all the same size. Very eclectic. Very Victorian.
  • RickA
    RickA Member Posts: 113
    Fantastic. What do the gate valves look like?
    I had a customer looking to replace a broken valve on his late 1800's radiator. We hooked him up with a guy who reproduced it beautufully. My customer cried when he received it.
  • steamhouse
    steamhouse Member Posts: 41
    Someone has got to have some info on these! Each one a piece of art. Very nice
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,260
    What's your plan for them? I'm always a buyer for unique radiators.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Scoot
    Scoot Member Posts: 9
    Assume you will reuse those nifty rads.....can you post pics once they are cleaned up and installed in your house?
  • Ross_7
    Ross_7 Member Posts: 577
    I have seen that style before. My friend's dad has some at their house. I don't have any other information as far as EDR.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,899
    Closest thing I can think of are the Whittier radiators- go here for ratings:

    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,833
    edited December 2017
    There is more paint on one of those rads then in my entire house.
  • RickA
    RickA Member Posts: 113
    lead paint?