Sad iron miniature with its own trivet. Signed on the top may 22, 1900. Measures only 4" long, 3" tall and 1 3/4 across. Always wondered if this was a salesman's sample. Handle releases to show the sad iron, marked as such and asbestos.
It had a wooden handle and what was called a "steel shield" that went over the hot base. There was a space between the wooden handle and the body of the shield.
This airspace, as well as the actual asbestos placed inside the shield, protected the user's hands from the heat. The asbestos has been removed. This little iron is in fantastic shape for its age and will be the star of your iron collection as it was mine. This item is made of steel and wood.