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Pressing iron

Object Number: 
1931.65
Date: 
ca. 1852
Medium: 
Cast iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 21.6 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
maker's mark: in relief beneath handle: "W.B. CUMMINGS./N. TALIAFERRA./& E. BLESS./PATENTED 1852"
Description: 
Cast iron charcoal iron with removable upper section to access iron interior used to burn coal; upper section has a cylindrical neck for steam to escape and a turned wooden handle; rear has riveted escutcheon decorated with bearded face in relief that conceals opening for igniting coal.
Gallery Label: 
This type of pressing iron is also called a "tailor's goose."
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group