Rare victorian flat iron'le parisien' and base. French antique sad hand iron and blacksmith made rustic trivet.This flat iron is a fabulous francophile find with its name'le parisien' etched into the cast iron. There is also a'no. 4', which we understand denotes the size of the iron. The handle top is very smooth and sits on two round pillars connected to the triangular iron. The underside of the iron is flat, whilst the inside of the iron has a crest with crown on it, the name le parisien and no. The base is very simple, but very nicely crafted.
It would have been done by a blacksmith in its day, with metal bent into an iron shape, and two metal rods slotted through holes. This could still be used today as a trivet. This iron and the base were found together, but may not have been made in the same place given the differences in style.
Flat irons were also called sad irons or smoothing irons. Metal handles had to be gripped in a pad or thick rag. The sad in sad iron (or sadiron) is an old word for solid, and in some contexts this name suggests something bigger and heavier than a flat iron. Goose or tailor's goose was another iron name, and this came from the goose-neck curve in some handles.
In scotland people spoke of gusing (goosing) irons. The iron measures: 15.5cm (6 inches) long, 9.5cm (3.5 inches) wide at the wide end and 9cm (3 1/4 inches) high, base to handle.
The base measures: 20.5cm (8 inches) long, 13cm (5 inches) wide at the wide end and 4cm (1.5 inches) high. These are antique items from the 1800s. They are both in good solid condition, particularly given their age, but there is a patina of rust to each item.
Please refer to the images. Welcome to pumpjack & piddlewick on etsy. This item is made of molded forged cast iron and blacksmith made metal work. The style is traditional and historical.