This antique coal box iron is called the "man of the north face" and was made by bless-drake circa 1890. The bless & drake foundry of newark, new jersey was founded by eleazer bless and robert drake and was in business from approximately 1852 to 1927.The vent flap (which helps control the temperature) is a face of a man - hence it is called "man of the north face". The iron has a wooden handle and a heat shield for the comfort of one's hand. It measures 8" l x 4.25" w x 8.25 h and weighs 7 lbs. The lady of the house surely gave her arm a workout every time she did the household ironing. A great conversation piece to add your non-electric iron collection or your home's decor.
The charcoal iron was very heavy, weighing around seven pounds. The cast iron top and bottom pieces are held together with a cotter pin on the back. The handle is wood, and underneath the handle is a heat shield, so when in use, the hand of the user would not get quite so hot. To add the hot coals, the cotter pin would be pulled and the top could be opened up, and the coals could be placed inside the iron. The iron is in excellent condition: minimal surface rust, but no broken, missing or repaired parts.A real beauty satisfaction guaranteed. This item is made of cast iron and wood. The style is primitive and cottage chic.