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Wrought Iron Smoothing Iron Stand L226
Wrought Iron Smoothing Iron Stand L226
Original, quality late 19th century wrought iron trivEt for a smoothing iron. This example has a pierced heart shaped top plate with a loop handle and three turned feet. The first we have seen of this design. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 8.25" x 4.5" and 1.25" tall. 
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Price: 45.00


Miniature Mrs Potts Iron L225
Original, quality 1920's miniature 'Mrs Potts' type cast iron with a drop off elliptical shaped body and a 'D' shaped oak handle. This is the first we have seen of the miniature version, sadly no makers name, but a little beauty nevertheless. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order. Body 3 5/8" long + 1.75" and 2.75" tall including handle. 
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Price: 135.00


Miniature Mrs Potts Iron L225



No 11 Cast IronTally Iron L224
No 11 Cast IronTally Iron L224
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron goffering or tally iron with a wrought iron 'S' shaped stem and a circular cast iron base. This clean example has '11' impressed to the underside the base and of the iron. The heating poker is missing, otherwise all is complete and in good order with remains of the original black paint to the base. Cleaned and lacquered. 6.75" tall, base 4" diam + iron body 5" long. 
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Price: 38.00


Mc Donalds Rotary Hat Iron L223
Original, quality late 19th century Rotary Hat Iron in the original card box with the original instruction sheet printed to both sides. This example is in mint condition as is the original printed leaflet, although the box is scruffy and has one end flap missing. This was a must for every Lady or Gent who wore a silk top hat. Complete and in good and working order. Box 9.75" x 2.25" x 1.25". Iron 9" x 2" x 1.1/8". 
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Price: 135.00


Mc Donalds Rotary Hat Iron L223



Cast Iron Billiard Table Iron with cover L222
Cast Iron Billiard Table Iron with cover L222
Original, quality late 19th century rectangular shaped Billiard Table Iron with the original steel cover. This example has a cast iron body with a cast iron handle mounted on two wrought iron stems. The body is embossed "Burroughs & Watts London" for the supplier and manufacturer of billiard table. A very clean example not too large and great with the sleeve intact. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. Base 8.5" x 4.5" and 5.5" tall. 
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Price: 85.00


Egg Iron L221
Original, quality late 19th century wrought iron egg shaped iron with rounded ends on a wrought iron stem and a turned ash shaft. This type of iron was used to finish odd shaped garments such as puff shoulders and sleeves and also a variety of hats. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. 13.5" long in total and head only 2" x 1.5". 
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Price: 65.00


Egg Iron L221



Carron 'OO' Laundry Iron L219
Carron 'OO' Laundry Iron L219
Original, quality late 19th century oval shaped cast iron laundry iron with a blacksmith made wrought iron handle. This example embossed 'Carron' for the maker and '00' for the size. Has been cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 2.75" tall and 3.75" x 2.25" body.  
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Price: 45.00


Carron No1 Oval Flat Iron L218
Original, quality late 19th cenutry oval shaped cast iron laundry iron with a wrought iron handle. This example appears unused and in the original black paintwork and is impressed to the top 'Carron' for the iron foundry and '1' for the size. Complete and in good and working order. Sole 4.25" x 2.25" and total height 4". 
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Price: 56.00


Carron No1 Oval Flat Iron L218



Sylvesters No 2 Flat Iron L216
Sylvesters No 2 Flat Iron L216
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron laundry iron with a wrought iron handle and embossed to the upper surface "Sylvester's Patent" and '2' for the size. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 4.25" tall, body 5" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 34.00


Lyng No 1 Flat Iron L215
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron laundry iron with a wrought iron handle and embossed to the upper surface "Lyng W.C" and '1' for the size. Cleaned and repainted black and complete and in good and working order. 4" tall, body 5" x 3.25".

 
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Price: 34.00


Lyng No 1 Flat Iron L215



Siddons 14lb Tailors Iron L212
Siddons 14lb Tailors Iron L212
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron Tailors Iron (goose) with a soft pointed rectangular shaped body and an all cast in one handle with a shaped grip. The top is impressed "J and J Siddons West Bromwich" for the manufacturer and '14lb' for the size. Some pitting to the body and sole consistent with over use otherwise complete and in good order. Has been cleaned and repainted black. Body 10.25" × 2.75" and 2.25" tall and total 6" tall. 
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Price: 65.00


Siddons Tailors Iron L211
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron tailors iron (goose) with a wrought iron handle to the top with a twisted grip. The upper surface for the body is impressed in the casting "18Ib" and J & J Siddons West Bromwich" of the foundry. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good order. Body 11" x 3" x 2.5" tall and total 6.25" tall.  
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Price: 65.00


Siddons Tailors Iron L211



Hatters Iron for Felt Decoration L209
Hatters Iron for Felt Decoration L209
Original, quality 1920's two piece iron for pressing out leaves in felt for ladies hat decoration. This super example has cast iron leaf shaped iron, stamped for the maker "W. Bice" and mounted on the original turned beech handle, with a brass ferrule and the cast brass female part of the pressing mould, all with a super detail. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 8" long x 1.75" x 1.5". 
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Price: 135.00


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" and 1.75" tall. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 165.00


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" and total height 3". 
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Price: 45.00


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: 45.00


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: 65.00


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" and 3.25" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


Salters 000 Flat Iron L195



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 and 4.75" front to back.  
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Price: 36.00


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: 56.00


Hot Cross Gas Iron L185



Box Iron L174
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" and total 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: 85.00


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" and total 7.75" tall. 
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Price: 56.00


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: 75.00


Bowler Hat Brim Iron L164



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: 18.00


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: 175.00


Crimping Iron L137



Siddons Miniature No 2 Iron L133
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: 75.00


Brass and Iron Miniature Tally Iron, 2 available 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. Price is for each. 
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Price: 56.00


Brass and Iron Miniature Tally Iron, 2 available L131



W. Bullock No13 Tally Iron L126
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" and 8" tall. Barrel 6" x 1.25" 
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Price: 38.00


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: 38.00


Kenrick No.13 Cast Iron Tally Iron L108



Various Flat Irons L84
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


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: 30.00


Dainty Flat Iron L73



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: 23.00


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: 23.00


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: 30.00


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: 23.00


Carron No.0 Iron L11



Castle Laundry Letter Opener LO25
Castle Laundry Letter Opener LO25
Original, quality 1930's chromed letter opener impressed to the grip "Castle Laundry Ltd Bournemouth" and to the other both side a patent number and a registration number for the year 1933. Complete and in super condition. 9.25" x 0.75". 
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Price: 38.00


Kenrick Cast Iron Stand IS42
Original, quality late 19th century very decorative cast iron smoothing iron stand with a good "Asthetic Movement" design, embossed to the upper surface. This example is reputed to be designed by Dr. Christopher Dresser. The underside is detailed in relief for the manufacturer "A. Kenrick & Sons" of West Bromwich, "No 8" and with the registration number for the year 1884. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. 9" x 4.25" and 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Kenrick Cast Iron Stand IS42



Brass Laundry Iron Stand IS41
Brass Laundry Iron Stand IS41
Original, quality late 19th century heavy sheet brass laundry iron stand / trivet with a pierced design of a heart, a hand grip to one end and three turned feet. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 9.25" x 4.5" x 1.25" tall. 
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Price: 56.00


Brass Iron Stand IS40
Original, quality late 19th century thick sheet brass laundry iron stand/trivet with a pierced detail of an unusual design with a pierced handgrip to the end and three turned brass legs. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 8.5" x 4.25" and 1.5" tall. 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Iron Stand IS40



Pair of Brass Iron Stands IS39
Pair of Brass Iron Stands IS39
Original, quality pair of late 19th century cast pink brass laundry iron stands/trivets. These unusual examples eaach have a pierced decoration 'lyre like' with a heart cut out above and below, three tapered legs and a handle form to one end. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order. 11" x 4.75" x 1" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


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: 85.00


Brass Smoothing Iron Stand IS37



Brass Iron Stand IS36
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" and 1" tall.  
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Price: 56.00


Masonic Brass Ironstand, 2 available 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" and 1.25" tall. Price is for each 
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Price: 56.00


Masonic Brass Ironstand, 2 available IS35



Brass Flat Iron Stand IS33
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" and 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 38.00


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" and 1.25" tall.  
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Price: 38.00


Brass Flat Iron Stand IS32



Brass Iron Stand IS30
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" and 1.75" tall.  
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Price: 38.00


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"and 1.25". 
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Price: 38.00


Brass Iron Stand IS27



Davis Iron Stand, 2 available IS21
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: 23.00


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: 36.00


The Avecta Trouser Press T4



Watsons Matchless Cleanser Enamel Sign S268
Watsons Matchless Cleanser Enamel Sign S268
Original, quality circa 1900, blue and white enamelled advertising plaque originally fitted to the front of a chair back. These chairs were produced as an advert and in the Retail Grocers and Ironmongers premises for customer's convenience. This very clean example details "Watsons Matchless Cleanser is the best Soap for all Purposes" and has the maker's details to the lower edge for Falkirk Iron Co Falkirk NB" (North Britain). 14" tall, 13" wide at top and 11.25" wide at bottom. 
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Price: 485.00


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" and 1.25" front to back.  
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Price: 45.00


Ribbed Glass Washboard WB2



Ribbed Glass Washboard WB1
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" and 1.25" front to back.  
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Price: 45.00


Copper Washing Posser WP30
Original, quality 1920's small copper washing posser with the original wooden shaft. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. These were used with a wash tub or bath and pushed up and down in the water to pummel the laundry clean. The water was forced through the holes underneath and out of the holes on top. Complete and in good and working order. 15.5" tall and 6" base of posser. 
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Price: 56.00


Copper Washing Posser WP30



Ash Washing Peggy WP29
Ash Washing Peggy WP29
Original, quality late 19th century washing Peggy turned in ash, originally used with wood or ribbed galvanised washing tubs. This example has pegged joints to the five legs and a slide out top 'T' bar. Some worm holes but well treated. Complete and in good order. 35.5" tall, 10" diam of feet and T bar 15.5". 
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Price: 85.00


Copper Washing Posser WP28
Original, quality 1920's copper washing posser, with a long wooden, shaft. This example is embossed 'Simplex "No 9" and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. These were used, with a wash tub or bath and pushed up and down in the water, the water was forced through the holes underneath and out of the hole on top. Some minor dents otherwise complete and in good and working order. Total 51" tall, base 8" diam and posser only 5" tall.  
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Price: 45.00


Copper Washing Posser WP28



Copper Washing Posser WP27
Copper Washing Posser WP27
Original, quality 1920's copper washing posser, with a long wooden, shaft. This example is embossed 'Simplex No 2' and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. These were used, with a wash tub or bath and pushed up and down in the water and the water was forced through the holes underneath and out of the holes on top. Complete and in good and working order. Total 48" tall, base 8.5" diam and posser only 5" tall.  
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Price: 45.00

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