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Siddons No 4 Smoothing Iron   L183
Siddons No 4 Smoothing Iron L183
Original, quality, cast iron flat iron, circa 1900, with a registered cast iron handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "Siddons" and "No 4" for the size and the handgrip is impressed "R.No 573". Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 5" x 3.75", total height 4".  
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Price: 23.00


Siddons No 6 Smoothing Iron L182
Original, quality, cast iron flat iron, circa 1900, with a registered cast iron handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "J and J Siddon, West Bromwich" and "No 6" for the size and the handgrip is impressed "R.No 573". Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 5.5" x 4", total height 4.25".  
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Price: 23.00


Siddons No 6 Smoothing Iron   L182



B and H Smoothing Iron   L181
B and H Smoothing Iron L181
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron flat iron, with wrought iron supports to the tubular steel handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "BH" and "7" for the size. Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 5.75" x 4", total height 4.75".  
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Price: 23.00


Crane No 7 Smoothing Iron L179
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron flat iron, with wrought iron supports to the tubular steel handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "Crane" and "7" for the size. Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 6" x 4.25", total height 5".  
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Price: 23.00


Crane No 7 Smoothing Iron   L179



No 9 Smoothing Iron   L178
No 9 Smoothing Iron L178
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron flat iron, with wrought iron supports to the tubular steel handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "Silvesters Patent" and "9" for the size. Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 6.75" x 4.75", total height 5".  
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Price: 23.00


K700 Smoothing Iron L177
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron flat iron, with wrought iron supports to the tubular steel handgrip. This example is embossed to the top of the body "K700" and "8" for the size. Ideal as a door stop or a bookend. All has been cleaned, repainted black and is complete and in good and working order. Sole 6.25" x 4.5", total height 5".  
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Price: 23.00


K700 Smoothing Iron   L177



Box Iron with Slug   L176
Box Iron with Slug L176
Original, quality, mid to late 19th century, blacksmith made burnished steel box iron, with a turned fruitwod handle, a lift up gate to the rear and a removable wrought iron slug for heating. These were originally supplied with two heating blocks (slugs) one would be in or on the fire or stove, heating up whilst the iron was in use with the other one inside. This method would ensure the iron sole beneath was clean as well as hot. The gate to the rear is impressed "W.Bullock and Co" for the manufacturer and all has been cleaned and waxed and is compete and in good and working order. Body 5.5" x 4" + 2.5", total 7" tall.  
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Price: 125.00


Box Iron L174
Original, quality, late 19th century, laundry iron, with a drop off body and a 'Mrs Potts' style wooden clip on / off 'D' shaped handle. The main body has the original grey silver painted top surface, is embossed with "2", the handles have the original grey / silver paint to the plate and the original lacquer to the wooden handle and knob. The top plate is also embossed with "FG" within a shield logo. This iron appears unused although there is a scorch mark to the wooden handle. Originally these were supplied with two bodies and one handle and one body would be heated on the stove when the other was in use. Base 6.25" x 3.25" + total 5" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Box Iron   L174



Kenrick Mini No.1 Iron   L173
Kenrick Mini No.1 Iron L173
Original, quality, mid to late 19th century, cast iron miniature iron, with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle over and embossed detail to the upper body "Kenrick" for the manufacturer A Kenrick and Son of West Bromwich. Cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. Body 3" x 2" + 0.75" tall, 2.75" total.  
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Price: 85.00


Kenrick Mini No.2 Iron L172
Original, quality, mid to late 19th century, oval shaped cast iron miniature iron, with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle over and embossed detail to the upper body "Kenrick" for the manufacturer A Kenrick and Son of West Bromwich and "2" for the size. Cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. Body 3.5" x 1.75", total 2.75" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Kenrick Mini No.2 Iron   L172



Tilley Parrafin Iron   L171
Tilley Parrafin Iron L171
Original, quality 1940's, "Tilley" parrafin iron, with cream painted steel body and reservoir, black bakelite handle and mount and a chromed sole plate. In the original paintwork and in superb condition, apart from a dent to the reservoir. The control button to the rear is marked "Tilley on and off". The plate at the rear is detailed "Made in England" and with a 'British Patent' number and 'Australian Patent' number. Appears complete. 9" long x 4.75" widest + 6.5" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


Egg Shaped Iron L170
Original, quality 1920's, wrought iron, egg shaped iron, with a pointed ends mounted on a steel shaft and a tapered turned pear or apple wooden handle. This type of iron was used for finishing unusual shaped garments such as puff shoulders and sleeves and also a variety of hats. The wooden handle is tapered to fit in a stand if required, or was used in the hand . All has been cleaned, waxed and is complete and in good and working order. An unusual find today. 14.5" x 2.75" x 1.5".  
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Price: 125.00


Egg Shaped Iron   L170



Tailors Goose Iron   L169
Tailors Goose Iron L169
Original, quality, late 19th century, wrought iron tailor's iron, referred to as a 'goose'. This very clean example has the standard pointed body, with a top handgrip in wrought iron with a rope twist to the centre. The front at the top is embossed "14" for the size. Cleaned, lacquered and complete and in good and working order. Sole 8.5" x 3" + total 7.75" tall. 
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Price: 65.00


Sensible Lace Iron L165
Original, quality 1920's, small cast iron, laundry iron for ironing lace with a turned wooden grip. The main body has a turned up point to one end to prevent snagging the lace, and has chrome plated sole and sides, a lift off and release cast iron handle, with a push spring and the turned wooden grip. The top of the body is embossed "Sensible No 6, N.R.S and Co". This example is small, complete and in superb condition. Sole 4" x 2", total 3.5" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Sensible Lace Iron   L165



Bowler Hat Brim Iron   L164
Bowler Hat Brim Iron L164
Original, quality 1920's, shaped iron, with a turned wooden handle and a brass ferrule. This iron was used to iron the brim on bowler hats and has the original red stained colour to the handgrip. Cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. These are few and far between today. It is complete and in good order. 14.5" x 1.5".  
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Price: 110.00


Crimping Machine L158
Original, quality, mid to late 19th century, laundry crimping machine, with heavy ribbed brass rollers, a cast iron body, a turned beech handle and replacement iron heating rods made to suit copied from originals. This example, probably manufactured in the USA, is mounted on a super oval shaped base board and is complete and fully functional. Originally used to crimp maids' collars and cuffs etc, after cold water washing and starching. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. Plinth 12.25" x 9.25", total length 14" x 9" tall. 
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Price: 485.00


Crimping Machine   L158



Travelling Electric Iron   L155
Travelling Electric Iron L155
Original, quality, superb small travelling 12 volt electric iron, with the original plastic covered flex and the bakelite connector to use on a light bulb holder. The body of this iron has a red top section, a black bakelite handle, and is printed to the label "Clem 200 / 250 Volts", "Patent Applied For The Year 1945" and "Clayton, Lewis and Miller Ltd, British Made". All is complete and in good order, but not suitable for use. Sole 4.25" x 2.25", body 3" tall including handle. 
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Price: 38.00


Crimping Machine L141
Original, quality, mid to late 19th Century, laundry crimping maching with finely ribbed brass rollers, a cast iron body, a turned rosewood handle and replacement heating rods made to suit, copied from originals. This is a very decorative and functional machine and was originally used to crimp maids collars and cuffs etc after cold water washing and starching. This superb example has a brass manufacturers' plate fixed to the cast iron base detailing "T & G Clarks Warranted Crimping Machine" and "4". Plinth 6.5" x 5.5", total length 15" and 9.5" tall. 
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Price: 450.00


Crimping Machine   L141



Miniature No.1 Oval Iron   L140
Miniature No.1 Oval Iron L140
Original, quality, mid to late 19th Century, oval shaped laundry iron with a wrought iron handle and embossed '1' for the size. An unusual iron, complete and in good order and cleaned and lacquered. Sole 3.25" x 1.75" and 2.75" tall. 
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Price: 56.00


Geneva Fluting Iron L138
Original, quality, late 19th Century, two piece, cast iron crimping iron. The rectangular shaped base for heating has a flat reeded floor and is embossed to the underside 'Heat This', the corresponding top section has a curved reeded underside and is embossed 'Geneva Hand Fluter' to the top and the handle over is embossed 'Geneva Ill' for Illinois, USA. An unusual example; cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. Base 6" x 4" x 1" and top section 4.5" x 3" x 4" tall. 
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Price: 135.00


Geneva Fluting Iron   L138



Crimping Iron   L137
Crimping Iron L137
Original, quality, very unusual, patented, cast iron crimping iron in the form of a standard laundry iron, but with a hinged body containing a pair of cast brass grooved crimping plates. The top surface has the locking tab and is embossed 'Pat'd Dec 12. 1871'. Has been cleaned and waxed finished and is complete and in good order. A scarce example. 5.75" long x 3.25" and 5.25" tall.  
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Price: 385.00


Siddons Miniature No 2 Iron L133
Original, quality, late 19th Century, superb, tiny, 'No 2' flat iron in cast iron and impressed in the casting 'No 2' and 'J & J Siddons' and to the handle 'Rd No 573' for the year 1884. This delightful miniature iron is in superb order and has been cleaned and lacquered. Sole 2.75" x 1.75", total 2.25" tall and 3" long. 
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Price: 135.00


Siddons Miniature No 2 Iron   L133



Brass and Iron Mini Tally Iron   L131
Brass and Iron Mini Tally Iron L131
Original, quality, late 19th Century, very small, cast brass goffering iron with a wrought iron neck and circular cast iron base. These were used to iron collars and cuffs, and earlier, used to iron ruffs worn around the neck. Lacking the heating poker, but otherwise all is complete and in good order. Base 2 1/8" diameter and 3.5" high. 
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Price: 85.00


W. Bullock No13 Tally Iron L126
Original, quality, 19th century, cast iron goffering iron with a wrought iron neck and circular cast iron base. These were used to iron collars and cuffs and earlier used to iron ruffs worn around the neck. The iron is impressed '13' for the size and 'W Bullock + Co' to the underside of the base. Sadly lacking the heating poker but otherwise complete and in good order, cleaned and lacquered. Base 4.5" + 8" tall. Barrel 6" x 1.25" 
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Price: 56.00


W. Bullock No13 Tally Iron    L126



Kenrick No.13 Cast Iron Tally Iron    L108
Kenrick No.13 Cast Iron Tally Iron L108
Original quality, 19th century, cast iron goffering iron with a wrought iron neck and circular cast iron base. The iron is impressed '13' for the size and embossed 'Kenrick' for the manufacturer A.Kenrick of West Bromwich. Sadly lacking the heating poker but otherwise complete and in good order, cleaned and lacquered. Base 4.5", height 7.5" and bullet shaped body 6" x 1.25". 
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Price: 56.00


Various Flat Irons L84
Many original quality, late 19th century and early 20th century, cast iron laundry flat irons of various makes and sizes, all cleaned and repainted and generally in good order. 5" to 6" long, 3" to 4" wide, 4" to 5" tall. Price is for each. 
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Price: 20.00


Various Flat Irons  L84



Dainty Flat Iron   L73
Dainty Flat Iron L73
Original quality, 1920/30's, light weight smoothing iron cast in aluminium. The body and handgrip have been repainted and the sole and edge polished, cast into the top of the body 'Dainty Flat Iron'. Complete and in good order. Body 4.75" x 3.25" x 4.25" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


Salter Billiard Table Iron L42
Original quality large billiard table smoothing iron with tin sleeve, manufactured by 'Salter', circa 1900, used for ironing the green baize. Very unusual to find the tin sleeve in good order, which is marked for the maker and bears the knotted rope trade mark. Strange original hole to one side with a recess, could this have been for heating by gas? The sleeve has been cleaned and lacquered and the iron repainted and is complete and in good order. Body 10" x 5" x 1.25", total height 5". 
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Price: 75.00


Salter Billiard Table Iron   L42



Smoothie Portable Electric Iron   L34
Smoothie Portable Electric Iron L34
Original quality travelling electric iron in its original cardboard carton, with a brass plate for the maker 'Lucas Holden of Coventry' also detailing the registration number for the year 1947. Appears unused and complete and in good order. Carton 6.25" x 3.25" x 2.5" tall. 
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Price: 34.00


Boudoir Iron in Box L30
Original quality, 1920's, chrome plated travelling iron in the scruffy but original box with an opened tin of meta tablets. This iron would have been heated by 'Meta' (methylated spirit) tablets, when placed on a pan beneath the body, with the iron turned upside down. The body is stamped 'British Boudoir Iron' and 'Patent Applied For'. Some paint missing from the green finished wooden grip, but otherwise complete and in good order. Box 7" x 3.25" x 2.5". 
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Price: 40.00


Boudoir Iron in Box   L30



Asta Meta Tablet Iron   L29
Asta Meta Tablet Iron L29
Original quality, 1920's, chrome plated travelling iron in the original box. This iron would have been heated by using a 'meta' (methylated spirit) tablet, placed on a pan under the body with the iron turned upside down. Some burn marks to the lilac painted wooden grip and the box is rubbed at the corners, otherwise all is complete and in good order. 
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Price: 45.00


Kenrick Mrs Pott's Iron L27
Set of original quality, 1920's, shaped smoothing irons manufactured by A. Kenrick and marked 'Kenrick Mrs Pott's Sad Iron, West Bromwich, England'. Three bodies numbered '1, 2 and 3' with the bakelite clip on handle, to enable one to be heating on the stove whilst another is in use. The handgrip is also marked 'Kenrick'. Complete and in good order. Bodies 7" x 3.5" x 2.25". Price is for the set. 
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Price: 110.00


Kenrick Mrs Pott's Iron   L27



Carron No.0 Iron   L11
Carron No.0 Iron L11
Original quality, 19th century, oval shaped small smoothing iron marked to the top of the body with (difficult to read) 'Carron' for the maker and 'O' for the size. Pitted all over but otherwise complete and in good order. Has been cleaned to the metal finish and lacquered. Sole 4" x 2.25" x 3" tall. 
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Price: 34.00


Copper Washing Posser WP25
Original, quality 1920's, copper washing posser with the original long wooden shaft. The copper head which is embossed "Simplex No.9" and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order, with only a couple of very minor dents. Copper head 8" diameter x 5" tall, total length with shaft 51".  
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Price: 65.00


Copper Washing Posser   WP25



Wooden Washing Dollies, 2 available    WP18
Wooden Washing Dollies, 2 available WP18
Original, quality, late 19th century, Welsh washing possers in a fairly soft wood. The main posser head is mounted on a round shaft with a T bar handle. Some worm holes although well treated, and complete and in good order otherwise. Head 5" x 3.5" approximately and total height 28". Price is for each. 
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Price: 38.00


Copper Washing Posser WP15
Original, quality, 1920's, copper washing posser with the original beech shaft with a 'T' handle. The copper is embossed 'CWS Invincible Tyseley, Birmingham', and has been polished and lacquered, all is complete and in good order. Possers were used by plunging in and out of the wash tub. 9" base diameter, 34.25" total height and 10" wide at 'T' bar.  
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Price: 75.00


Copper Washing Posser    WP15



Copper Washing Machine    WP11
Copper Washing Machine WP11
Original quality hand operated washing machine on a wrought iron stand. The main body is in copper with a brass drain tap, a pine top surface and a hinged lid with a galvanised 'handle' and a galvanised rotating paddle to the other end, used inside the tub. A brass maker's plate is fixed to the pine lid detailing 'The Wonder Washer', 'Patented 1928'. The copper body will lift off the wrought iron stand using the side handles to ease moving. The copper has been lacquered and the wrought iron stand has been repainted black. This example is most unusual in copper, and has provision for fixing a hand mangle to the back of the pine top. All is in superb order and complete. 32.5" highest, 21" x 22" front to back main body and base on floor 24" x 23.5". 
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Price: 250.00


Ribbed Glass Washboard WB1
Original, quality, pre-war, pine framed washboard, with a ribbed sheet glass panel. These were used to scrub the soiled clothes against when washing the laundry. These were also popular played with thimbles by skittle groups and they really do work. This is a very clean example, no chips or damage and complete and in good order. 24.75" x 13.25" + 1.25" front to back.  
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Price: 65.00


Ribbed Glass Washboard   WB1



Brass and Ebony Iron Stand   IS28
Brass and Ebony Iron Stand IS28
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast brass laundry iron stand, with a fretted design to the top which includes two hearts, a superb turned ebony shaped handgrip, a brass ferrule with matching turned brass feet and finial to the grip. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. The best iron stand we have seen for some time. 13.5" x 5" + 2".  
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Price: 185.00


Brass Iron Stand IS27
Original, quality, 19th century, cast pink brass trivet in the shape of a flat iron. This heavy example has a pierced pattern overall, a handgrip to the rear and three tapered brass feet, all cast in one. Used originally to stand a hot iron on, but useful generally as a potstand. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 9.75" x 5"+ 1.25". 
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Price: 45.00


Brass Iron Stand   IS27



Pair of Engraved Brass Laundry Iron Stands   IS26
Pair of Engraved Brass Laundry Iron Stands IS26
Pair of original, quality 1920's, heart shaped, heavy sheet brass smoothing iron trivots, with pierced holes, also in a heart shape, and delicate engraved portraits of young ladies in Edwardian attire. Both also have engraved flowers to the border in the form of irises. Each stand is mounted to the underside with three brass stumpy feet. A most unusual pair of iron stands, which have been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 5.5" x 4.25" + 0.75" tall, Price is for the pair.  
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Price: 156.00


Pierced Brass Iron Stand IS23
Original, quality, 18th or early 19th Century, pierced brass laundry iron stand with deep decorated sides and a blacksmith made wrought iron open base, all on three ball feet. The iron base has been cleaned and repainted and the brass polished and lacquered. One of the ball feet is a replacement, cleaned and shaped to match, otherwise all is complete and in good order. The lacquer can be removed upon request, at no extra cost. Base 6.5" x 4.5" and 3" tall. 
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Price: 230.00


Pierced Brass Iron Stand   IS23



Davis Iron Stand   IS21
Davis Iron Stand IS21
Original, quality, 1920's/30's, cast iron, gas iron stand with most of the original chrome plating, ribbed supports, three legs and an embossed logo, detailing 'Davis'. Complete and in good order. 6.75" x 4.5" x 1.25". 
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Price: 30.00


Pair of Brass Laundry Iron Stands IS15
Pair of original quality, late 19th century, cast brass laundry iron trivot stands of heavy construction, each with two heart shaped cut outs and heart shaped outer design. The three feet on each stand are of tapered hexagonal form and all is complete and in good order. A very unusual pair of trivots. 9.5" x 4" x 1.75" tall. Price is for the pair.  
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Price: 125.00


Pair of Brass Laundry Iron Stands    IS15



Fletcher Russel Gas Ring    S3
Fletcher Russel Gas Ring S3
Original, quality cast iron gas ring used to heat a kettle or pan one at a time, circa 1900. Embossed to the top 'FR & Co' for the manufacturer Fletcher Russel & Co, and 'T Fletcher of Warrington Patent' also with designs in the Aesthetic Movement manner. Has been cleaned and painted black and is complete and in good order. 10" x 6.5" x 3.5" high.  
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Price: 65.00


Davis Gas Ring S1
Original, quality, 1920's, cast iron gas ring used to heat a kettle or pan, one at a time. It would have been fired by gas via a tube fitted to the end. Embossed to the top "Empire" and "The Davis Gas Stove Co Ltd, London and Luton" and some Art Nouveau designs, has been stove enamelled black, not complete but otherwise in good order. 11" x 5" x 3.25". 
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Price: 56.00


Davis Gas Ring    S1



The Avecta Trouser Press    T4
The Avecta Trouser Press T4
Pair of original quality wooden, folding, patent trouser pressers and straighteners, circa 1900, with shaped, plated on steel, decorative hinges. Impressed marks to both 'The Avecta Trouser Presser & Straightener. Patent Applied For'. The two pieces are linked together with a strong cord and the wood could well be lime? Complete and in good order. Each, folded: 15" x 2.5" x 0.75". 
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Price: 45.00

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