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Reply #30 - Jun 27th, 2016 at 6:12pm

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Just to add to the info above, we drove to Ballarat today.  Was a miserable rainy day and probably should have stayed home.

Information provided by the Federation Museum in Ballarat is that the CC Harding & Sons Foundry was situated at 1126 Doveton Street, Ballarat.

In the photo below my car is situated right outside that address.  The whole block now has housing for the aged built right over it.
 

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Reply #31 - Jun 27th, 2016 at 6:13pm

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Very disappointed in Imageshack in that a lot of the photos that were on this page have gone.

If you still have them would be nice to see them reposted.
 

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Reply #32 - Jun 28th, 2016 at 6:59pm

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Stump Jump wrote on Dec 18th, 2013 at 10:11am:
I've heard there are some Harding repo/fake's out there doing the rounds


SJ Im wondering why you think yours could possibly be a repo?
It looks very similar to a 13 inch Harding that I traded another oven for not long ago.
Mine has the Harding writing on the inside of the lid only. The base has no writing at all, but is unmistakable as a Harding.
The one I have appears to be very old as it has some pitting in the base due to neglect over the years. I would suggest that the Harding's with no phone number and marked on the inside of the lid are some of the very early ovens that Hardings made.
Chally would be the man to talk to ...he seems to have the "mother load" of Harding information stored away somewhere.
 
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Saltbush Bill wrote on Jun 28th, 2016 at 6:59pm:
Stump Jump wrote on Dec 18th, 2013 at 10:11am:
I've heard there are some Harding repo/fake's out there doing the rounds


SJ Im wondering why you think yours could possibly be a repo?
It looks very similar to a 13 inch Harding that I traded another oven for not long ago.
Mine has the Harding writing on the inside of the lid only. The base has no writing at all, but is unmistakable as a Harding.
The one I have appears to be very old as it has some pitting in the base due to neglect over the years. I would suggest that the Harding's with no phone number and marked on the inside of the lid are some of the very early ovens that Hardings made.
Chally would be the man to talk to ...he seems to have the "mother load" of Harding information stored away somewhere.


G'day SB,
Sorry for the late reply.
In answer to your question, l wondered whether it was a fake because it was very inexpensive, it looked new and without any sign of weathering or age. To all intents and purposes it could have easily passed for leaving the factory gate yesterday. To my mind the mint condition of the unit was very unusual considering the time which has elapsed since C C Harding pots were fabricated. Further, there was a rumour going around Central Victoria at the time that a backyard foundry were fabricating fake Harding COs and cashing in on their collectability and popularity, particularly considering that Harding were no longer in business and their ovens were fetching astronomical prices on the secondhand market


Since then l have compared my Harding with  another similar pot which the owners family apparently bought directly from the Harding factory and the two pots match very closely.

I now believe that my beloved 13 incher is a genuine Harding and that l was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to pick up this model in such good condition and at a very affordable price.  Smiley

Over the years since then I have found the Harding 13incher to be an excellent allrounder and possibly a little more versatile than my 12 inch Billmans, due to the slightly larger diameter and the slightly longer and better quality legs.
 
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Reply #34 - May 31st, 2020 at 8:20am

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poddy dodger wrote on Apr 3rd, 2011 at 6:21pm:
G'day Maloney.
I've been told the newer Harding ovens are easy to pick as they have a ten digit phone number on the lid which begins with 03 and not 053 like yours. Not sure which year we went to ten digit phone numbers so that baby of yours pre-dates that.
BTW what size is that one ? Some Hardings have the size on the lid, some don't.

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1996 was the year Ballarat changed from 053 to 03 area code I believe.
 
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Yep, that sounds about right.
Jimfish, see private messages.
 

When I die I hope my missus doesn't sell my camp ovens  for what I told her I paid for them. pd
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After reading the blog I dug mine out - it’s a 7” with 053 prefix number followed by 6 numbers to make the phone number. I believe it was about the last to be poured in the ground. The foundry was on the cnr of Armstrong and Doveton st Nth Ballarat and use to play around there as a kid. Uncle lived down the road in Armstrong St.
 
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A 13" Harding just went for $820 on Ebay. Is that some kind of record . Mine cost $87 in about 1987.They are a nice oven.
 
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Chesapeake wrote on Jul 22nd, 2020 at 7:50pm:
A 13" Harding just went for $820 on Ebay. Is that some kind of record . Mine cost $87 in about 1987.They are a nice oven.

That is about the most I've seen paid for a 13", shows that they are held in high regard. In my opinion they are about the perfect oven both in size and design, I'm happy to say I have several.
 

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