I can not believe that it has been a week since I last posted here. Things have been a buzz at the hive.
I have two very interesting things to share this week. Both of these items were purchased last weekend at an auction. I have seen a lot of old irons, but I have never seen an iron fueled by coal or charcoal. Here it is sitting atop my vintage ironing board. (I am certain that I learned to iron on a board very similar.)A closer look. The brand name of this one is Hero. Doing a search for Hero was not too successful.
My neighbor, Anne, gave me a replica of a 1909 Sears Roebuck and Co. There is a picture of a similar iron. The description says, "Family Charcoal Irons with removable top and hardwood handle with shield. Handsomely nickel plated and elegantly finished, with top finished in gold bronze Is self heating and requires little attention. Uses ordinary charcoal as fuel. Is easily regulated to any desired heat and does away with the hot fire on ironing day." Cost for the one from the Sears catalog was 98 cents.
Here is a look at the inside.
This piece keeps the coal/charcoal from resting on the bottom of the iron.
Looking at the back of the iron, you see the damper which "easily" regulates the heat. The lever with the wooden knob is used to open and lock the top in place after putting in the fuel.
The top would be like the stove pipe or the exhaust.
The weight of this thing amazes me. It weighs ten pounds! Do you think there were a lot of women walking around with the muscles in one arm a lot bigger than the other?
One of the other things I bought at the auction was a box containing some aluminum pitchers, a silver plated compote and these. They have "Made in France" stamped on the bottom. See the little holes in each one.
Look at the cute little legs. Any idea as to what these are called or their use?
This is the only thing I could think that they could be. Holders for eggs...
...to set inside a pot of boiling water for boiled eggs.
Because I know you are all wanting a closer look, here is the lovely tablecloth used for the background of these photos.
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