New Old Stock Westinghouse DD 74 range — discovered after 60 years in a basement

Vintage-Westinghouse-stove-DD-74Yowza, reader and epic retro researcher Jason — who constantly sends us tips about vintage goodies coming up for sale — has done it again, uncovering yet another amazing vintage find. This time it is a New Old Stock Westinghouse range for sale by ebay seller pedro4 in Waltham, Mass. The stove, he says, rescued from the basement of a Westinghouse repairman’s home, where it had sat unused for 60 years. The stove is a beauty indeed, shiny, clean and oozing retro charm — and it also has a few unique functional features — like the built-in fryer basket that sits directly in the stovetop. Neato!

midcentury-westinghouse-stoveFrom the Ebay listing:

Up for auction is this once in a lifetime find. An unused Westinghouse DD-74 Electric stove from the 40’s or 50’s. vintage-westinghouse-stove-dialsThis unique find came from a Westinghouse distributer/repair man and has been stored in a dry basement for over 60 years. It is unused and most likely never even plugged in. Look at all the pictures to see what a beautiful 60 year old electric stove this is. vintage-oven-westinghousevintage-stove-westinghouseAs stated it is unused, and is in tremendous shape. Look at the picture from the inside of the oven.  It shines like the day it was manufactured. This may be the only one of it’s kind in this shape. All draws are perfect, they are clean and shiny. retro-westinghouse-stove-topWestinghouse-stove-top-vintageThe front, top and sides have a beautiful enamel shine. It also has a very unique deep frying basket and burner with cover. It is very cool. westinghouse-stove-vintagevintage-westinghouse-stove-drawersThere are a couple of minor blemishes, but they are minor and can be touched up.  These blemishes are on one side of the stove where there are 2 small places where the enamel came off. A little enamel paint and it will resolve the problem.  Also there are couple of small scuff marks but not dings or dents. The only other thing is the chrome needs to be polished. vintage-Westinghouse-stove-backAs stated this is probably the only unused stove of its type in existence unless it is in a Westinghouse Museum. vintage-westinghouse-serialIt weights probably 225 lbs and measures approx. 40″ by 27″ by 44 inches tall.

This stove seems like a museum worthy piece indeed — though it would be a dream to have in someone’s vintage kitchen. Mind you: Be sure to have a properly licensed professional check out your vintage appliances — even if they are New Old Stock. Mega thanks to Jason for yet another great tip and to Ebay seller pedro4 for allowing us to feature the photos of this rare New Old Stock Westinghouse stove.

Can anyone here identify the year of this stove from the materials provided?

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Comments

  1. Brian T says

    I once owned a house that came with a range that had that kind of deep inset — on mine it was called a “Thermizer.” (At the time, I worked as a church secretary and oddly, the church kitchen happened to also have a range with a Thermizer!) It was billed as being good for making soups while keeping the heat confined to the oven instead of dissipating throughout the kitchen. On my model (which seemed to date from 1960), you could raise the electric burner up and latch it in place at stovetop level so it would look and work just like the other three burners.

  2. virginia says

    How much would I LOVE having that extra space on the right to rest plates, prep and prepare? Extra counter space right there near the hot and cooking food when you need it. And in white!

  3. Mary Elizabeth says

    I saw another Westinghouse model BD-74 that was listed as a 1954 model. So the DD-74 is probably very close to that. Maybe an old Westinghouse dealer or repair person will write in and tell you exactly.

    I had a Westinghouse stove like that from the mid 1960s–the design was nearly identical, but the knobs were now pushbuttons and the control panel looked like one from a spaceship.

  4. Jacki says

    According to GE’s website the first letter of the model is the Month of manufacture and the second is the Year. According to their chart this should have been manufactured February of 1947 as the other models under the year letter of D are 1978 or newer.

      • Jacki says

        There is a website called Appliance 411 that seems to be able to date Westinghouse, but you have to have the serial number along with the model to get the age of the appliance. I have several vintage appliances including a monitor top dating back to 1932 and that is the site I usually go to for dates. For some reason Westinghouse is more difficult to research than GE, Roper, etc.

        • Sara says

          I’ve tried to find the date using Appliance411 (and other websites) with no luck. The serial number is there in the picture, N114183
          I called GE to date my three refrigerators, 2 monitor tops and a 1940 flat top, and they were happy to help. I doubt there’s a resource like that for Westinghouse. Based on years of junking around and dealing in vintage (1930’s) stoves, I don’t think it’s much earlier than 1960. My own stove was found unused in an attic in Illinois. It’s from about 1932.

  5. Jay says

    OOH OOH, I’ll take a guess! I think somewhere in the early – mid 60s but then the range wouldn’t be 60 years old. My ’57 Westinghouse wall oven has a similar clock but not as pretty, it’s only black w/white numerals and no brass accent. Also my logo is stylized and somewhat cursive where this one is block letters. Someone familiar with electrical devices might be able to date it as well; the convenience outlet is niether grounded nor polarized.

    Incidently my parents had a 30″ pushbutton control Hotpoint with the same combo cooking well / burner that dated to the 50s.

    Some appliance geek has to put together a timeline reference book so we can date these appliances based on the features and looks.

  6. Ree says

    According to the eBay site, there were no bids on the stove and the auction ended. Beautiful range.

  7. Christa says

    We’ve had this exact range in our summer cabin since around 1974 when my parents bought it second hand. Still going strong although it recently needed some minor rewiring repairs. As kids we used the fryer pot to make pasta and popcorn. This old beauty works a lot better than many modern ranges. If anyone out there has the space for this, they should snap it up!

  8. Kathryn says

    My Girl Scout Leader had one very like this in her home in the early 60s. It wasn’t new then, and I was fascinated by the “soup pit.”

  9. Becky says

    I have a stove just like this in my home right now and love it! I was looking for replacement control knobs that would light up with the appropriate color, but had no luck finding replacement parts. My husband and I fixed them with file folder tabs in the appropriate colors. If anyone knows where difficult to find replacement parts can be purchased, please post.

  10. Mike says

    I have that exact stove but my bottom oven element recently stopped working. Does anyone here happen to know where i can find one? Ive tried and tried but no luck 🙁

  11. Tommy Knappenberger says

    When dating things, a lot of times I look for patent dates. That will usually get you pretty close. Nothing will be older than the latest patent date listed. Easy to find patent date charts on the web

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