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Winchester Ice Box
February 25, 2019
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Hello,

I'm new to this forum and looking forward to learning from you Winchester 'pros'.  I'm a longtime Winchester fan and somewhat of a collector.  Anyhow I purchased a 3 door Winchester Ice Box a year or so ago and was wondering if anyone could shed a little light for me on the history of Winchester Ice Boxes. There is very little information online concerning these. This one is seemingly in excellent original condition.  There is 3-28 stamped on the back of this one so I am assuming it was made in 1928. Thanks in advance for any input you may have. 

February 25, 2019
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What is the fridge made of?  They made many different models that had ash or porcelain boxes with enameled linings and metal trims.  What is the dimensions and construction of the box?  Any other markings or tags?  The Standard Catalog of Winchester by Kowalski, Webster, Schwing, Giles, Shuey and White shows many variations. This price guide came out in 2000.  Refrigerators in excellent shape could easily run between $1,000 and $2,000.

February 25, 2019
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Thanks for the reply, Chuck.

It is a wooden box so I assume ash, but it looks a lot like oak. The Winchester Red lettered trademark is still intact between the 2 doors on the right.  Also on the back of the fridge it has printed R-3, W895 and Cork Insulated.  The dimensions are approx. 33 x 19 x 51. Did Winchester make many ice boxes do you know, Chuck?

Thanks again.

February 26, 2019
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There is a big difference between an "ice box" and a refrigerator.  I'm assuming you are correct about it being an ice box, since the date is 1928.

February 26, 2019
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win4575 said
There is a big difference between an "ice box" and a refrigerator.

Not in my house.

February 26, 2019
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win4575 said
There is a big difference between an "ice box" and a refrigerator.  I'm assuming you are correct about it being an ice box, since the date is 1928.  

Rick, I agree, my bad.  The book lists them as refrigerators.

 

The W895 is listed as 33 1/2" wide, 19" deep and 51" high.  Three door, side icing.  Three shelves in provision chamber.  Ice capacity 100 lbs.  Ice door 11 3/4" by  22 1/2".  Weight 202 lbs.  These originally came with a water cooler.  Porcelain lined, hardwood cover and knob, nickel plated brass faucet. 

Ash looks a lot like oak.  Very hard to tell the difference if you are not a woodworker especially when stained a golden oak.  See page 632 of the book for more details. 

February 26, 2019
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Thanks to everyone for their input.  I believe you identified it, Chuck, the #'s certainly line up.  Does anyone know if the Winchester ice boxes are rare or are they somewhat common?  This is the only one I've come across, however I can't say I've been looking for one either.  

February 27, 2019
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Thanks to everyone for their input.  I believe you identified it, Chuck, the #'s certainly line up.  Does anyone know if the Winchester ice boxes are rare or are they somewhat common?  This is the only one I've come across, however I can't say I've been looking for one either.    

As we like to say.... while might not be rare, certainly uncommon.  😉

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February 27, 2019
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Thanks, Vince, makes sense to me.

March 10, 2019
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Bear with me.  My wife showed me how to upload pictures the other evening and this is my first attempt at doing it solo.  So attempting to put pics of the ice box on.  So here goes.  IMG_4070.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_4072.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_4071.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_4078.JPGImage EnlargerI'll be dang, I think I did it.  It's the small things in life!

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Nice pics, good job. Old ice box has been very well cared for over the years, beautiful!

 

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Thanks, Mike, and my wife said she couldn't teach an old dog new tricks. Kiss

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