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Brass and Cast Iron Tally Iron  L206
Brass and Cast Iron Tally Iron L206
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass goffering or tally iron on a turned cast brass stem, mounted on a the circluar stepped base. The brass stem is shaped and the cast iron base has two circles of dots in relief. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good order, although the heating poker has long gone. Base 5.25" diam and 8.25" tall and 6.25" widest.  
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Price: 230.00


Cast Iron Tailors Iron L204
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron tailors iron referred to as a 'goose'. This example has the standard shaped body with a wrought iron handle and a ropetwisted grip to the centre. The top is embossed "14" for the size and "Levine and Son, 35 Greenfield St London EI". All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. Body 8.5" x 3" + 2.75" tall, total 7" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


Cast Iron Tailors Iron   L204



Billiard Table Iron   L203
Billiard Table Iron L203
Original, quality, late 19th century, billiard table iron with a shaped cast iron grip on a wrought iron stem, a rectangular shaped cast iron body embossed to the upper surface "Burroughs and Watts London" for the renowned maker of billiard tables and equipment. Cleaned and lacquered, complete and in good and working order. Body 10" x 4.5" + 1.5", total 5.5" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


Set of Asbestos Smoothing Irons L202
Original, quality, set of four asbestos irons, with one cover with handle, three different shaped clip on cast iron bodies, one steel trivet and most of the original wooden crate, with a good detailed label showing this set of irons. The top of the steel cover is stamped "Patent May 22nd 1900" and each of the bodies are embossed "Asbestos Sad Iron". The crate is complete apart from the slide on lid. All appear complete, apart from originally having a sheet of asbestos been fitted inside the top of the clip on cover, this has been removed in the past. All has been cleaned and lacquered, with the black paint to the handle and locking mechanism original. A good find with the crate too and label. Crate 7.5" x 6.5" + 3" tall, longest iron body 6.75" x 2.5" + 1.75" tall. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 230.00


Set of Asbestos Smoothing Irons   L202



000 Sylvester Patent Flat Iron   L201
000 Sylvester Patent Flat Iron L201
Original, quality, late 19th century, small cast iron smoothing iron with a wrought iron handle. The body is detailed with "000" for the size and "Sylvester Patent". All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good order. A most unusual size. Sole 2.75" x 4.25" + total height 3". 
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Price: 65.00


Cast Iron Tally Iron L198
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron goffering or tally iron on a 'S' shaped wrought iron stem, all mounted on an eight sided cast iron plinth. The plinth is partly decorated to the upper and has "1" to the underside and all has been cleaned and lacquered. The heating poker is missing but otherwise all is in good order. These were used to iron collars and cuffs and earlier to iron out ruffs worn around the neck. 6.5" tall, 4.75" barrel length, inner diameter 0.75", base 4.25", 3".  
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Price: 56.00


Cast Iron Tally Iron   L198



Brass Goffering Iron   L196
Brass Goffering Iron L196
Original, quality, early to mid 19th century, cast brass goffering or tally iron with a tripod base of three legs and wedge splayed feet. The barrel to the top would take a 0.75" thick poker, which is sadly not present. All is complete and in good order in the old patinated finish with one good repair to one foot and another to the barrel. 9" tall, barrel 5.5" long, spread of feet 8" diameter.  
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Price: 85.00


Salters 000 Flat Iron L195
Original, quality, late 19th century, small cast iron laundry flat iron with a wrought iron handle and embossed to the top of the body "000" for the size and "Salter" for the manufacturer. This example is not only small, but it is more pointed than the normal. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. Body 4.25" x 2.75" + 3.25" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


Salters 000 Flat Iron   L195



Kenrick Mini No 2 Flat Iron   L194
Kenrick Mini No 2 Flat Iron L194
Original, quality, late 19th century, small cast iron flat iron, with a tubular steel handgrip. The body is embossed "2" and "AK and Sons" for the manufacturer Archibald Kenrick and Sons of West Bromwich. Cleaned, lacquered and complete and in good order. Sole 3.25" x 2.25" + 2.75" tall. 
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Price: 115.00


Double Branch Wrought Iron Goffering Iron L193
Original, quality 18th or early 19th century, blacksmith made wrought iron / burnished steel double branch tally or goffering iron with a turned and shaped column with three legs terminating in super arrow head shaped feet. The two barrels are set opposite each other, one fairly standard in size but the other very narrow. A great looking iron sadly without pokers, but complete and in good order otherwise, cleaned and waxed. These are so difficult to find these days. 12" tall, feet spread 10" diameter, top widest front to back 9.5".  
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Price: 485.00


Double Branch Wrought Iron Goffering Iron   L193



Salter No.2 Convex Iron   L190
Salter No.2 Convex Iron L190
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron smoothing iron with a convex sole. Used to iron cold water starched items such as gents dickie fronts, collars and cuffs. This example is embossed "Silvesters Patent, Salters" and "2" for the size. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good order. 4.25" tall, 3.25" wide + 4.75" front to back.  
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Price: 45.00


No 3 Convex Smoothing Iron L189
Original, quality 1920's, cast iron smoothing iron with a convex shaped sole and a tubular steel handgrip. The nose is embossed "3" for the size. This form of irons were used with items cold water starched such as Gents' dickey fronts, collars and cuffs. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 4.75" x 3" + 4.5".  
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Price: 45.00


No 3 Convex Smoothing Iron   L189



Pair of Mini Brass Irons with Trivets   L188
Pair of Mini Brass Irons with Trivets L188
Pair of matching original, quality 1920's (an educated guess), superb pair of miniature, all brass laundry irons with matching pierced brass stands. Each stand is fashioned from one piece of sheet brass and the irons are filled for weight so these may well have been made for use on finer materials, perhaps lace. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order. Irons 3" x 2" + 2" tall + body 0.5" thick, stands 5" x 2.25" + 0.75" Price is for the pair.  
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Price: 135.00


Brass Iron Stand IS30
Original, quality 1920's, cast brass laundry iron trivet, with three legs and a pierced design to the top. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 10" x 4.75" + 1.75" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


Brass Iron Stand   IS30



Hot Cross Gas Iron   L185
Hot Cross Gas Iron L185
Original, quality, cast iron, gas iron, with a replacement turned wooden handle copied from the original and the original brass mount for the gas inlet. The top plate of the cast iron body is embossed with the Maltese Cross logo, "Hot Cross", "British Made", "Patent","1" for the size and with the registration number for the year 1904. All has been cleaned, lacquered and is complete and in good order. Sole 5.5" x 3.5", total length 10" x 6.25" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


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



Egg Shaped Iron   L170
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


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


Tailors Goose Iron   L169



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


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


Travelling Electric Iron   L155



Crimping Machine   L141
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


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


Miniature No.1 Oval Iron   L140



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


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


Smoothie Portable Electric Iron   L34



Boudoir Iron in Box   L30
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


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


Asta Meta Tablet Iron   L29



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


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


Wooden Washing Dollies, 2 available    WP18



Ribbed Glass Washboard   WB2
Ribbed Glass Washboard WB2
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 skiffle groups and they really do work. This is a very clean example, no chips or damage and complete and in good order. 23" x 12" + 1.25" front to back.  
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Price: 56.00


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: 56.00


Ribbed Glass Washboard   WB1



Brass Smoothing Iron Stand IS37
Brass Smoothing Iron Stand IS37
Original, quality late 19th century superb pierced sheet brass, laundry iron stand / trivet. This example is much more decorative than normally found, has cut out stars and a ' lyre ' to the top and a reverse castellated side trim all round. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 10" x 4" x 1.5" tall.  
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Price: 135.00


Brass Iron Stand IS36
Original, quality, late 19th century, thick sheet brass, iron stand with a cut out heart design and standing on three turned feet. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 9.5" x 4" + 1" tall.  
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Price: 75.00


Brass Iron Stand   IS36



Masonic Brass Ironstand   IS35
Masonic Brass Ironstand IS35
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast brass laundry iron stand with a shaped handle, three feet and a fretted design of masonic symbols and devices. A most unusual example, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 8.25" x 3.75" + 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 75.00


Brass Flat Iron Stand IS33
Original, quality, late 19th century, pierced sheet brass flat iron stand / trivet with a pierced design to the centre, a handle to one end with a hole for hanging up when not in use and three turned brass legs. The underside is in the old finish and the top has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. 8.5" x 4.5" + 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


Brass Flat Iron Stand   IS33



Brass Flat Iron Stand   IS32
Brass Flat Iron Stand IS32
Original, quality, late 19th century, pierced sheet brass flat iron stand / trivet with a pierced design to the centre, an iron shape to the body and three turned brass legs. The underside is in the old finish and the top has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. 6.25" x 5" + 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


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



Pierced Brass Iron Stand   IS23
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


Davis Iron Stand, 2 available 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". Price is for each. 
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Price: 30.00


Davis Iron Stand, 2 available   IS21



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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