A 19th century coal-fired clothes iron with funnel (to keep smells away from the cloth). An impressive piece of ironmongery which would have existed below stairs in large country houses throughout england. This one is in excellent condition with everything working exactly as it should. Photos 2-3-4-5 illustrate how it functions.
I don't recommend using it for your clothes but it's a tremendous opportunity to acquire an authentic piece of history from two centuries ago. Some people employ such irons as door wedges but i think it's a shame to relegate this magnificent beast to the floor. It needs to be on display where it can be admired by a much wider audience.
Equally good in a vintage shop window as a crowd-pleaser or on the hearth next to an open fire. The hand guard has raised letters stating: victoria registered together with the crest of queen victoria.
Underneath the crest i can just about identify what appears to be the royal motto dieu et mon droit'. This is quite rare and i have never it on other 19th century irons.
Measures 9 inches tall and 8 inches wide plus 4 inches deep. Or 23 x 20 x 10 centimetres. Weight is circa 3kg before packaging.
This item is made of wood and iron.