|Object ID #||2005.015.001|
|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"|
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|
|Dimensions||W-8 L-13.3 D-1.5 cm|
Christie, W. J.
Owen Sound Industry
Owen Sound Industries
Heating & ventilation industry
Empire Stove and Furnace Company
Owen Sound Industries and Products
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.