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Object ID # 2005.015.001
Object Name Bracket
Other Name Bracket, Damper Chain
Title Hot Air Furnace's Mounting Plate for Two Damper Chains
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Year Range from 1903
Year Range to 1917
Made Canadian Heating & Ventilating Co.
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description This is a cast iron mounting plate for two damper chains for a hot air furnace. The front side has a copper-coloured finish on the metal. The casting has "C.H. & V. / CO. / OWEN / SOUND" on the obverse. There are two mounting holes for securing it to a wall. There are two keyhole-shaped slots (these are where the pull chains would be situated).
Makers mark Cast with "C.H. & V./ CO. /OWEN/ SOUND"
Provenance Made by or for THE CANADIAN HEATING & VENTILATING COMPANY of Owen Sound, Grey County.

The C.H. & V. company was established in 1903 by an Owen Sound hardware merchant, W. J. Christie. The C.H. & V. made stoves, furnaces and other smaller items. The company re-organized and changed its name in 1917 to become the Empire Stove & Furnace Works.

Transferred from the Sault Ste. Marie Museum in 2005.
Collection Heating Equipment Collection
Material Iron/Paint?/Finish?
Dimensions W-8 L-13.3 D-1.5 cm
Found Ontario
People Christie, W. J.
Subjects Owen Sound Industry
Owen Sound Industries
Heating & ventilation industry
Search Terms Empire Stove and Furnace Company
Owen Sound Industries and Products
Function Wayne Landen [2005 Collection Manager] remembers seeing these items in old houses in Owen Sound. It would be wall-mounted upstairs, but connected to the house's furnace in the basement. The early hot air furnaces used convection (not fans like modern furnaces). Gravity-closed dampers could be opened or partially-opened by pulling the connecting chains up. There would be two connecting chains. One chain would be for the fire box. Another chain was for the chimney pipe damper. The two notches help "lock up" the chain links. He said that the chains had finger rings attached to pull them with. Having damper chains upstairs was more convenient than running down to the basement.