Overall: 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 24.1 x 21.6 x 8.9 cm )
Cast iron pressing 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.
maker's mark: in relief beneath handle: "W.B. HUMMINGS./N. TALIAFE BRS./& E. BLESS./PATENTED 1852"
This type of pressing iron is also called a "tailor's goose."
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