Art: Iron Elegance

Last week Hobe Erwin, a Manhattan decorator, was fired by oil rationing and the trend of history to display his unique collection of 19th-Century coal and wood stoves (prices: $30 to $200). Manhattanites, sweltering all week long, did not buy a single stove, but Hobe Erwin, waiting almost as eagerly as the Russians for a frost, is sure they will. Meanwhile his stoves' iron elegance appealed to amateurs of American art.

Type No. 1 in his collection is a Franklin stove. Type No. 2 is the same with a covered front ("The girls," said...

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