The top piece and the bottom piece have deep ridged grooves used to crimp the garment that was wedged in between giving the fabric a lovely row of pleats. During the 1860s, there was a trend in upper class society fashion of women and men alike, would have garments with crimped, ruffled, or fluted hems, collars and cuffs. A fluting iron was used to create these dramatic looks by producing these pleats. Repeating this process over and over again till garment was finished. As with any antique cast iron item, there is a hint of minor surface rust on it but overall it is in very good solid condition.No repairs, no cracks and no breaks, all original minor rust can be removed. I do not clean or remove patina, as found from an old country farmhouse estate.
The iron base measures 6 inches long x 3-1/8 inches wide. The rocking handled iron is 4-3/4 inches long x 3-1/8 inches wide x 4 inches high (including the handle). It weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces. Would look lovely in a collection of primitives and be a fabulous conversation piece in any primitive decor or to use as intended.Thanks for shopping in oldcountryfarmhouse etsy shop and enjoying our vintage items. We are happy to answer any questions about this item. I have three etsy stores to browse and to enjoy our vintage treasure finds.
Come see what we are so proud of. Item: crimper - pg 2/19.