Don't miss out on owning this wonderful piece of fashion history it is a geneva hand fluter, and was made in 1866 while the patent was still pending. These irons were generally owned by wealthy ladies who had maids that would iron their linens, using these to flute the ruffles on clothing, cuffs and collars.
Also referred to as sad irons, these linen presses were considered desirable labor-saving devices made from cast iron, containing two grooved pieces heated by propping them towards the coals in the fireplace hearth. Once heated, the irons were moistened and rocked over the cloth allowing a steam press creating perfect narrow pleats, or flutes. The foundry was in geneva, illinois, and the fluters were manufactured from 1866 through 1920 (two nerdy history girls, 2021). This piece is used and in good condition, and has wonderful patina for its age.It would make a great display collectible piece or gift for any occasion. Weighs 2 lbs 15 oz.
Measures approximately 5 x 5 x 3. This item is made of cast iron.