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After  20 years of steady increases in values, which culminated in a bubble burst, iron prices have now settled back to levels of the past.

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Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesFada Wireless Electric Iron  The F A D Andrea Co. of  Long Island City, NY is best known as the producer of some of the most highly collectible radios ever made.  It's been said that their Art Deco-inspired radios in catalin and other early plastics rank as some of the true icons in the history of design.  The man behind the company was Frank Angelo D'Andrea, who used his initials for the company name.  No question design was his forte, but a businessman he was not, and though his legend lived on the company did not.  I wasn't aware he tried his hand at anything other than electric radios, but apparently (probably as a last ditch effort to save his ailing company) he ventured into iron manufacturing.  It must have been for a very short period of time because I could find no online references to his irons.  This example is in excellent condition.  and is a bit unusual in that it's heated not by plugging it in directly to the wall but by means of an electric trivet / stand.  You plug the trivet in and the contact points on the trivet heat the body of the iron.  The markings indicate a patent was applied for, but I doubt it ever went into widespread production.  An unusual find!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $175.00     SOLD!



Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesA. C. Williams Double Point Electric Iron  This is the first one of this exact iron I have ever had or seen.  The markings say "THE A C WILLIAMS CO RAVENNA, OHIO USA" and "PAT PENDG".   It is designed with a hard-wired electrical connection coming directly out of the base along the side.  A Google search turns up no others, and there is no mention of this iron in the book or on the website concerning electric irons. There is a variation of this iron having a removable side-mount plug, rather than direct connect, pictured in one of the Irons books, which would have been of later manufacture.

Note the white porcelain screw type plug at the other end of the electric cord, indicating its manufacture prior to most houses being wired for appliances.  I would imagine this iron dates from just after the turn of the century.  This hard wired example is far rarer than the removable plug version, which once brought over $900 at auction in the way back when.  Those were the days!

Very Good . . . . . .  $225.00     SOLD!




Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesVici Decorated Enameled Electric Iron  This is a French iron with a built-in trivet.  Given it is set up to run on 110 or 220 I assume it was sold as a travel iron.  There is no damage to the enamel finish. A very handsome piece!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $150.00     SALE PRICE . . . . . . $100.00     SOLD!









Grand Mfg. Co. Electric Tailors or Hatters IronGrand Mfg. Co. Electric Tailors / Hatters Iron   This electric hatters or tailors iron hails from a little known company in Chicago, Illinois.  A Google search turns up nothing for the name nor the address.  Apparently just another flash in the pan.

The overall cosmetic condition is very nice, and it heats up just fine.  It has a minor apology.  The cast iron electric wire housing at the rear has broken tabs on two sides so that it is just the bottom screw that is holding it in place.  It is secure and could be repaired without too much trouble.  Nice and heavy and just right for the job!

Good . . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!



Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesMint in the Box Excello Vintage Electric Iron   Only a few of these are known, and there is little information on this obscure maker other than a reference to their rarity on the electric iron blog.

Excellent . . . . . .  $45.00






Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsMint Green Saunders Silverstreak Pyrex Glass Iron     The Saunders Silver Streak irons are the best known, most desirable, and most highly sought after of all "machine age" electric irons.  This beauty is on the top of the "want list" of every iron collector and people who appreciate design and form.  Although they are often referred to as a "Deco" iron, they actually date from the 1940's, during the WWII era when metal was in short supply and when Pyrex cookware was becoming all the rage. 

Silverstreak irons were produced by the Saunders Machine and Tool Co. of New York utilizing Pyrex glass bodies provided by the Corning Glass Co.  The entire top shell is Pyrex, with just the sole plate being chrome plated metal.  They came in a range of colors including red, green, blue, silver and more.  The name "Silver Streak" and its "Buck Rogers" design probably made it very appealing to the modern consumer, but the practical considerations of the fragility of a glass iron made them a short lived commodity.  They were discontinued shortly after the war, and the company just seemed to fade into obscurity leaving behind one of the most sought after of ironing collectibles.  This example has been restored and looks pretty good.  The color of green is a little different and lighter and brighter green than typical.

Good . . . . . . SOLD!



Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsEarly Electric Iron with Deadman Switch      I've seen other Simplex irons, but never one with a deadman switch.  In fact, this is only the second iron I have ever had with a deadman switch.  The spring-loaded metal bar functioned as a safety feature to turn the heat on and off.  When the bar was held down against the handle it allowed current to flow and the iron to heat up.  When the bar was released the current would stop so the iron would not overheat or start a fire.  Note the early screw-in plug.  An interesting and historically important piece in the evolution of technology!

Good . . . . . .  SOLD!



Patented Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsH. Von Alven & Co. Boise, Idaho Electric Sad Iron    This is a previously unknown early electric iron that hails from Boise, Idaho.  It carries a patent date of February 6, 1906 which is a known patent used by other later iron makers.  There is no reference to the man, the company, or the iron on the internet.  Check the tag in the other pictures.  A rarity!!

Good +  . . . . . SOLD!




"Eureka" by Barr Electric Mfg. Co. Sad Iron"Eureka" by Barr Electric Mfg. Co. Sad Iron  This is a very early electric iron by an obscure maker in Cleveland, Ohio.  I found one reference from a 1907 magazine ad extolling the benefits and superior performance of this new product.  The picture in that ad had a cord that looked a bit different, and it was probably an improvement over the direct drive hook-up that this version is sporting.  The washer in the corner is marked with the name "Eureka", as is the top brass plaque giving the voltage and location.  The most interesting feature is that the bottom of this iron has a polisher-like waffle texture surface.  I have never seen this iron before although we did have a Tailor Size by the same maker that sold very well a while back.  A must-have for the complete electric iron collection.   As an added bonus this rare iron comes with its rare marked cast iron trivet.

Good . . . . .   SOLD


Blue Silver Streak Electric Glass / Pyrex IronBlue Saunders Silver Streak Electric Glass / Pyrex Iron  The Saunders Silver Streak irons are the best known, most desirable, and most highly sought after of all "machine age" electric irons.  This beauty is on the top of the "want list" of every iron collector and people who appreciate design and form.

Although they are often referred to as a "Deco" iron, they actually date from the 1940's, during the WWII era when metal was in short supply and when Pyrex cookware was becoming all the rage.  They were produced by the Saunders Machine and Tool Co. of New York utilizing Pyrex glass bodies provided by the Corning Glass Co.  The entire top shell is glass or Pyrex, with just the sole plate being chrome plated metal. They came in a range of colors including red, green, blue, silver and more.  (We recently saw a color not before seen and it was a metallic silvery green different from the bright kelly green usually seen.)

The name "Silver Streak" and its "Buck Rogers" design probably made it very appealing to the modern consumer, but the practical considerations of the fragility of a glass iron made them a short lived commodity.  They were discontinued shortly after the war, and the company just seemed to fade into obscurity leaving behind one of the most sought after of ironing collectibles.

This example is in great condition with no peeling of the inner paint, and no major chips, flakes, or blemishes to the glass.  It does heat up if your looking for that special iron to use on your special outfit! 

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!



Hayruss Electric IronHayruss Patented Cordless Electric Iron  I am not sure if this qualifies as the first cordless electric iron, but it is certainly one of the first and most definitely one of the weirdest looking.  The patent was issued in 1934 to a Robert Roller. He must have sold the rights to the Hayruss firm from PA.  Note that the trivet / base is cast iron, and has a series of rollers for ease of placement and removal.  And probably put there on purpose to satisfy the inventor's ego / desire to have his name incorporated into the design. It has neat little pivoting wings built into the sides to make insertion an easy task as well.  This whole affair is quite different from the patent drawings, but the idea is the same.    

It is set up with a special plug with two arms that seat into the sockets provided on the trivet / base.  It looks like it could also be used with a standard cord if so desired.  In reading the patent he presented this idea as making it applicable to most any electric iron with a similar plug at the rear.  A neat touch.  The iron and the trivet carry the same Hayruss name, so this is not an aftermarket marriage, this is the real deal. 

There is some damage to the plastic parts.  The plastic plug that fits into the iron is cracked and has been repaired with black tape.  The plastic housing for the plug on the trivet / stand is cracked as well.  It is still solid and not loose, but it is cracked.

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Double Point Imperial Electric Iron w/ original TrivetEarly Double Point Imperial Electric Iron w/ original Trivet  This is a interesting looking iron with its original trivet.  The iron is marked "Imperial Consolidated Home Equipment Corp." and hails from New York,NY.  There really weren't too many double point electric irons produced---apparently by the time electricity came into use manufacturers had decided that the spade shape was the way to go.  This is one we have not seen before.

Good . . . . .  SOLD



93iron.jpg (12945 bytes) The American Electric Heating Corp. Patented 1893 Electric Iron  Electric irons are the bane of most antique iron dealers and collectors.  Oh sure there are a few later examples that are considered rare and desirable, but there are millions of the other ones that no one, and I mean no one, cares about.  This is not to disparage or talk down to those who do collect electric irons (I have a few boxes of them myself).  It is about being offered electric irons at prices, and seeing electric irons with prices on them, that would make one think that they might actually be rare or desirable.  93iron2.jpg (13855 bytes)

On the other hand this is the most unusual electric iron that we have ever seen or owned, and certainly one of the most unusual and rare electric plugs available.  ( I was once told it was common.)   Check out that plug!  I have never seen it before nor have I seen this style "deadman switch" in the handle which would allow one to control the heat by squeezing and releasing the lever as needed.  It has an extremely early (for an electric iron) patent date from 1893 on the plate on the rear.  The lady of the house must have really been excited when she got to upgrade from the stove heated model to this new and previously unheard of marvel of electrical technology, and  I'll bet hubby even bought her one of those new fangled electric vacuum cleaners as a replacement for her pump vacuum to go with it.  Progress 1890's style.

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Green Silver Streak  Glass / Pyrex Deco Style Electric Iron Green Silver Streak  Glass / Pyrex Deco Style Electric Iron  The Silver Streak Electric Iron by Saunders has a great design with a lot of eye appeal.  They came in about 5 different colors, and the color was applied to the inside of the glass.  Depending on the storage conditions, and other factors we have seen them in conditions ranging from near mint to bubbling and peeling.  This green one is one of the nicer we have had. 

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Silver Streak Deco Pyrex IronRed Silver Streak Deco Pyrex Iron  One of the most desirable of all irons, this beauty is on the top of the want list of every iron collector.  Manufactured by the Saunders Company, this electric iron is totally unique in that its entire top shell is glass or Pyrex, with just the sole plate being chrome plated metal.   Although they are often referred to as a "Deco" iron, they actually date from the 40's, during the WWII era when metal was in short supply and when Pyrex cookware was becoming all the rage.  They were made in red, blue, green and clear.  The name "Silver Streak" and its "Buck Rogers" design probably made it very appealing to the modern consumer, but the practical considerations of the fragility of a glass iron made them a short lived commodity.  I don't have to tell you how scarce these Pyrex irons are in this condition, with no cracks or chips or apologies, so I will just say that this example is sure to please.

Good . . . . .   SOLD



Knapp Monarch Round Electric IronKnapp Monarch Round Electric Iron  This unusual iron has a great design with a lot of eye appeal.  Knapp Monarch was known for their innovative and interesting design electric irons.   They tried to create and hold a market with the look of their irons, and it worked in some instances.  After a while though they were simply overwhelmed by the sheer volume of common cheap irons being offered up. 

This particular electric iron has in the past sold very well for a lot more money than this.  I have seen auction or sales reports for up to $600.00, but the concept of over supply caught up with the limited demand and the end price has suffered.  Why that idea works sometimes and not others is another question.

Good . . . . .  SOLD



The Pettipoint Electric IronThe Pettipoint Electric Iron  A great design with a lot of eye appeal.  This particular electric iron has in the past sold very well for a lot more money than this, but the concept of supply and demand caught up with the over supply killing the limited demand, and hurting the end price.  Why that works sometimes and not others is another question.

Good . . . . . SOLD




Early Patented Electric IronEarly Patented Electric Iron  This would be considered a first generation electric iron.  Right now the supply of this vintage electric iron is far less than the demand and the current values reflect that.  When the supply, which probably is not great, catches up with the demand, which is very limited, there will be a price adjustment .

Good . . . . .  SOLD





Early Patented Electric IronElectric Hatters Iron  A great design and a rare iron.  We have had or seen hundreds of non electric hat making irons of this design, and just a couple electric ones.  Probably introduced just as the last boutique hat shop from that era was closing. 

Good . . . . .  SOLD






Early Patented Thermo Electric Sleeve IronEarly Patented Thermo Electric Sleeve Iron  Many of the major makers of sad irons saw the writing on the wall and tried to adapt and keep up with the new idea of electricity and the chore of ironing.  It is an interesting period and some interesting irons came from that time.  I get a kick out of the patented ideas for powering irons from after this iron was patented for some charcoal irons or gas irons, ideas for fueling or heating irons using means that were obviously in decline, but some fellows just could not give up the old ideas.   

Good . . . . . SOLD


Vintage Electric Iron1930's Janis Iro-Case "Suitcase Iron" This has to be one of the "best" and craziest ideas in pressing iron manufacture history!  As long as you remembered your suitcase you would never forget to bring your travel iron, because the handle of the suitcase is actually a real electric iron.  No need to bring along a travel iron.  Unlatch the handle from the suitcase and voila, the iron removes, electric cord and all, and you're ready to press your outfit.  How do travelers today get along without one!

The manufacturer hailed from Wisconsin.  I have seen these in quite the variety of coverings, from tweeds, plaids, and striped fabrics to slick leather or faux-leatherette, and in a variety of colors inside and out.  Collect them all! 

This example is in nice condition, though there is a little staining here and there.  It's ready to display. Or even go with you on your next trip.

Very Good ..... SOLD!



Electric Suitcase IronElectric Suitcase Iron  Another example showing how the handle removes.  A neat idea that makes for a great collectible. 

Good . . . . .  SOLD





Early Unknown Electric IronEarly Unknown Electric Iron   This early electric iron is only marked on the tail with the voltage info and some other numbers.  There is no name or other identifying info. 

Good . . . . . . SOLD!






Rival Electric Pressing IronRival Electric Pressing Iron   The finish or body of this unusual electric iron looks a lot like Bennington ware pottery.  I believe it is Belgian.  I am not sure how it was created or if it is pottery or enamel over steel.  It had a great name and look.  I can just imagine the sales pitch.  There is no Rival.  Different and nice!!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!




Antique Sad / Pressing IronAntique Electric Waage Iron   Never saw this in the box before.  Nice!    

Good . . . . . .  SOLD!






Antique Sad / Pressing IronAntique Pelouze Electric Iron   Great lines!    

Good . . . . . . SOLD!





1950's Vaporizer Electric Iron Point of Sale Display1950's Steam "Vaporizer" Electric Iron Point-of-Sale Display   What a super display piece.  Cutting edge technology and promotion for its time.  I have never seen it offered before.  Have you??

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesRare & Early Double Point United Electric Co. Electric Iron   This is a rare, early, unusual, and very good looking.  Possibly the only example known. 

Good  + . . . . . .   SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesRare Electric Sleeve Iron w/ Plug & Trivet   This is a rare and unusual iron manufactured by Harwood Electric Heating Co. of Hutchinson, Kansas.  Possibly the only example known.  Highly recommend! 

Good  + . . . . . . SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron Sales"Little David" Granite Ware Travel Iron   This one is really different with a nice speckled enamel finish and unusual electric plug.  The handle detaches so you can put it in your suitcase and take it with you.  A pretty little iron!!

Fine . . . . . . SOLD!



Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesSpade Shape Porcelain Handle Electric Travel Iron   The handle has great form!!  And note the built-in trivet stand.

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!

 



Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesUniversal Electric Iron with Auxiliary Steam   That black thing is an auxiliary water tank and base.  They probably sold this on late night TV, if TV was around when this came out.

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesEureka Cordless Electric Iron   The base is designed to "plug" the iron in.  There is something wrong with the button switch in the base---it's loose---but it looks fine.

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!



www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPanel-Matic Electric Iron   Look at the ribbed sides.  Cool!!  The condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!







www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesBlue Saunders Silver Streak Pyrex / Glass Pressing Iron   As nice as they come!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPetipoint Electric Iron   Space age design.  It looks like it could take off!  The condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesGE Demonstrator Salesman Sample Electric Iron   The iron is marked "Demonstrator Not For Sale".  But it is!   Condition of both the iron and case are very nice!

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesThe Electrical Heating & Mfg. Co. Electric Pressing Iron   This is an early electric iron that hails from a long defunct St. Louis, Missouri electric company.  It has been refinished but looks good.  

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!






Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesRival Enameled Electric Iron   This is a great looking electric iron.  Very stylish - - - for the 50's.

Fine. . . . . .   SOLD!





Antique Tailor's IronWestinghouse Electric Tailors Iron    The condition of this one is second to none.  The name stamp on the cross bar is weak, but I have others that are the same design with easier to read stamps, and that is what this is.

Good . . . . . SOLD!!





Erla Electric Clothes IronErla Electric Clothes Iron   This is a rare electric iron.  The paperwork indicates the company hailed from Los Angeles. Google turns up just one reference to this iron on a site about electric irons saying the one pictured there is the only one known.  We owned and sold that one---here is your chance to own the second one. 

It probably dates from just after WWII when defense contractors in CA were trying to find new products to feed the American consumer and tooling up to make something other than guns and war material.

Condition, condition, condition. It has never been used and is very nice.  Opportunity!! 

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!




www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesExcello Electric Clothes Iron   This too is a rare electric iron.  The tag indicates the company hailed from Chicago. Google searches turned up little info other than a reference to ads for the iron from the late 1940's.  It came out of a sale here in CA with the Erla above, and must have been a salesman or shopkeepers stock  It is new-old-stock and very nice.  Opportunity!! 

Fine . . . . . .   SOLD!


Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesRed Saunders Silver Streak Pyrex Glass Electric Iron   These unique Pyrex irons are on the top of every iron collector's want list.  The condition of this example is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!




Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesRare and Early Double Point United Electric Co. Electric Iron  This is only the second example of this iron we have ever offered, and possibly only the second one known to exist.  Iron collector and author Jay Raymond indicates that United Electric Heating was an obscure maker, founded in Detroit in the late 1890's.  There is a spade shape example of a United Electric iron pictured in his book, but not this double pointed version.  Rare!

Good  . . . . . . SOLD!




Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesEarly and Rare Small Size United Electric Heating Co. Double Point Iron  This company, which hailed from Detroit, Michigan, was founded in the 1890's and operated for just a few short years under that name.  On the left is the rare standard-size 5 lb. double-point United Electric Co. iron that we offered, and sold, on the last list.  For this list we are offering the ultra-rare 3 lb. version, the one on the right, which I don't believe has ever come to market before. 

The condition of this smaller example is exceptional.  It has a proper cord and screw-type plug.  And here's the best part---the price of this one is no more than the last one!  Don't miss the opportunity to own an important first-generation electric iron in much better condition than the one the other guy got!

Excellent  . . . . . .  SOLD!



www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesGeneral Electric / English Electric Tailor Iron   This large and heavy tailor iron is marked General Electric / Made in England.  The voltage is 220.  It is a variation I have never had before with the switch mounted on a cast iron housing.  Different and in super condition!   

Good +  . . . . . .SOLD!




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