I was given this stove by a friend. It came from an old meat works that is being demolished, the old caretaker is removing anything of value first. He said that this stove was found at the bottom of a well, he saw no value in it so gave it to my friend who knew I would be interested in it. When he told me about it I expected much worse, but overall it's not in bad shape and has an amazing patina like I've never seen on a stove before. I don't think it was submerged but probably in a very humid environment, there was still some kerosene residue in the tank. I may get it going but surely wont be polishing it.