China was the first country to have coal heated irons. When brought to this country, they were most welcomed and copied. Hot coals from the fire would be placed inside the iron. Today these wonderful antiques are great ideas for home decor, bookends, door stops, and conversation piece. The metal iron has red painted wood handles.
The front has a swivel lock that opens to place hot coals inside. Still usable and indeed , irons like these are still needed in geographic areas without electricity. Hallmark: 3 stars with laurel wreath. Condition: age related rust/ wood painted handles excellent. Height of iron: 4 1/4 in.Height of iron and handle: 9 in. Weight: 6 pounds 1 ounce. This item is made of metal and wood.