Thursday, January 1, 2015

Identifying BRIDGE BEACH & CO Cast Iron

Identifying BRIDGE BEACH & CO Cast Iron

This is a foundry/company I had never heard of until recently.  It caught my attention since my last name is Beach.  We did some genealogy on John H Beach and believe there may be some family connection.  We hope anyone that reads our info will send us more info.  Anything you know or have that we do not show here.  Newspaper clippings, documents, etc.  Especially on the man, but also on this company in general.

1838 to ?
Foundry in St Louis, Missouri  - (Some records have it at 43 North Main and 120 North Main st
Old directories indicate clerks at 43 N Main.  Perhaps that was offices and the foundry was at 120 N Main?

Here is an article that has some interesting information StoveHistory.Blogspot
It is an excellent article with references to facts all documented.

Bridge Beach & Co cast Waffle Irons and Muffin pans.
Superior Cook Stoves 1800's?
Superior Stoves & Ranges
Parlor stoves: Superior Circulator No. 338 circa 1925
                      Superior No 240 Parlor Stove
                      JEFF 4750  Model #7 Pearl Cast Iron Parlor Stove circa 1869
                      Indio No 16 Parlor Stove

Other Stoves
                      Wood/Gas Combo with top broiler and second gas Oven.  No 888

Cast Iron Fireplace  Bridger Beach No. 2

The Founder of the Company was Hudson Erastus Bridge (b.1810 d.1875) opened his foundry around 1838 in St Louis at the age of 28 or 29.  The foundry at that time was called Empire Stove works.  Not an inventor he used others patterns and patents.

1842 the name of the Company changed to Bridge and Brother after his brother Harrison became part owner. 

1850 Harrison Bridge dies.

1857 John H. Beach became an associate and the name was changed to Bridge, Beach & Company.

1860 John H Beach was listed in the 1860 St Louis Directory:Beach John H(Bridge, Beach & Co) r.221 Chestnut

1860 Hudson E Bridge was listed in the 1860 St Louis Directory:Bridge Hudson E (Bridge, Beach & Co)r 32n, 8th.

1872 John H Beach retires

1875 Hudson E Bridge dies

1875-1876 Eliot Bridge becomes influential and then made president of the company.

1879 The name changed once again from "Bridge, Beach & Company" to "Bridge & Beach Manufacturing Company".  

1887 Sketch Drawing of Bridge & Beach Manufacturing Company after a large expansion, exists in archived records.

1888 Several Patents appear for Bridge and Beach Manufacturing

Please send us info on history and photos of items you have found bearing this foundry name.  Email us your photos and info directly at

Finding old parts (Antique Navigator)
History on Hudson Erastus Bridge (Source: StoveHistory Blog) 
Mill Creek Antiques

Photos of this beautiful stove are Courtesy of : Eric Lindholm - Newbury Park, California  USA
He notes this is a Model 888

Bridge, Beach & Co. No 240 Superior Parlor Stove - Images Courtesy of Butch Rogers  Labadie, Missouri
"I bought this from an old Labadie resident who bought and resold old stoves.  I don't know where he acquired the stove.  I have had it for 18 years"

Bridge & Beach Co Cook Stove circa sometime 1879 or newer based on Thermostat Company name
Images courtesy: Victoria Young

STOVE Images courtesy of Dick Weaver - Cupertino, CA.   USA

Bridge Beach & Co Waffle Iron Images below are courtesy of Kevin Brashears
Patent date: April 17, 1877
We believe this Waffle Iron is US Patent 189753 April 17, 1877 that was issued to J.T. Lambert

Original Patent assignee :The Detroit Iron and Brass Manufacturing Company

Bridge Beach & Co  Waffle Iron - Reconditioned       Image courtesy of Kevin Brashears

Bridge Beach & Co  Waffle Iron - Multi Image courtesy of Kevin Brashears

The following piece of Cast Iron and images are Courtesy of Tyler Higgins
This is a #7 Bridge Beach & Co Waffle Iron


  1. I have a Bridge, Beach & Co. wood burning full size palor stove. I can't figure out how to send the picture, but it is a beauty. Enamel coated cast iron with a painted on wood grain, in rustic dark reddish brown. The model # is 338. I have read that it is coal burning also, but I only burn wood in it. I use it all winter in N. Utah and it really puts out some heat. The only problem is the mica is partially broken off the front grill. Does anyone know where I can bring the door to have this restored?

    1. I hope you figure out how to send some photos. Would like to have some to post. You can email them to our email. Found on the "Contact Us" tab of the main menu.

    2. Hello! Just yesterday I obtained a bridge beach & co model 7-22 casting date early 1860's that has been in my family since new. It needs a restoration but is complete, including the utensil used to life the hot plates off the top of the unit. I am having problems locating resources online about this stove, any recommendations? I will be restoring the unit.

    3. I have a "Superior" Bridge Beach & Co. wood/gas combo cook stove with top broiler and second gas oven. The stove sports a casting No. of 888 near the top of the cooking burner section. Not sure of the age. Like other respondent, I am unable to paste a or send any pictures via this avenue.

  2. While researching Bridge Beach & Co I came across this company that restores (and sells) wood stoves & cooking stoves. They also have some nice photos of Bridge Beach & Co stoves- their website is

  3. I emailed some pics to your contact us email, today I found a Bridge Beach & Co. waffle iron, and also something from the Excelsior foundry also located in St. Louis in the mid to late 1800's.

  4. You can send photos and info to

  5. I have a Bridge, Beach and Co. parlour stove model Indio No 16 if I read it correctly. Curious of its exact age and value

  6. Please email your photos and info to

  7. Lov'in some of the beautiful photos that have come in. You can email photos and info to

  8. I have a Model Superior 7-22 Casting date 1/25 - 2/15 1876. Been in the family since it was new. Working on a restoration, though much of the inner casting is in bad shape. Emailing photos.

  9. We have a No. 240 Superior parlor stove just like the one already pictured from Butch Rodgers. Ours is is apparently missing the fancy top piece which I otherwise would not have known. I am trying to figure out how to restore the shiny metal parts. Not sure what they are - aluminum? Suggestions?


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