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Past Sales Archive

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Special Note Concerning Iron Prices: Sad Irons / Pressing Irons Prices are evolving:
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.

Prices seen reflect actual recent sale results from this website or a general price that is more in line w/ today's market.
Irons pictured without prices represent earlier sales whose sale results are outdated and do not accurately reflect current market values. 
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Group 1 Hatters / Hat Making hat making Irons
Polishing Irons
 The hatters / hat making polishing & finishing irons listed below are almost all different from one another.  Even the McCoy round bottom polishers in the middle of the back row are different sizes or radiuses from each other to be used for different applications. Some of these are marked, one is not.  The only repeats are the 2 rare hollow bottom McCoy's in the front row on the left. 

From left to right starting in the back:


1.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
2.  Very Good . . . . .SOLD!
3.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
4.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
5.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
Front Row:
6.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
7.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
8.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
9.  Very Good . . . . .SOLD!




Group 4 Hatters / Hat Makers Hat Making Shackle Irons
Shackle & Brim Irons
  These are known as moveable front shackle irons.  They were used for forming and smoothing the brim on hats of all different styles ranging from cowboy and western hats to ladies hats and fedoras.  They came in a wide range of sizes and styles.  Some are marked with the makers name and size, and most were not.   They would be heated on an auxiliary heater and are oftentimes found w/ burned handles from heating them in this manner. 

From left to right.


1.  Very Good . . . . .  SOLD!
2.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD! 
3.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
4.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
5.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!



Group 5 Hatters / Hat Makers Vintage Hat Making Brim Irons
Shackle & Brim Irons
  These are known as moveable front shackle irons.  They were used for forming and smoothing the brim on hats of all different styles ranging from cowboy and western hats to ladies hats and fedoras.  They came in a wide range of sizes and styles and each of these is different in size or design.  Some are marked with the makers name and size, and most were not.   They would be heated on an auxiliary heater and are oftentimes found w/ burned handles from heating them in this manner. 

From left to right.


1.  Very Good . . . . .SOLD!  
2.  Very Good . . . . .SOLD!
3.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
4.  Very Good . . . . . SOLD!
5.  Very Good . . . . .
SOLD!



Group 6 Hatters / Hat Makers
Fixed Brim Irons
  These are fixed brim irons.  This type of hatters iron is used forHat Making Brim Irons / Single Groove forming and smoothing the outer brim on hats of all different styles ranging from cowboy and western hats to ladies hats, fedoras and more.  They came in a variety of sizes and styles and each of these is different in size or design.  They would be heated on an auxiliary heater and are oftentimes found w/ burned handles from heating them in this manner.  Note that the first grouping have single grooves on one edge, and that the second grouping has 2 different sizes on one body.   

From left to right. 


1.  Good . . . . .SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
3.  Good . . . . .SOLD!Vintage Hat Makers Brim Irons w/ Double Grooves

From left to right.       

4.  Good . . . . .SOLD!        
5.  Good . . . . .SOLD!        
6.  Good . . . . . SOLD!



Group 7 Hatters / Hat Making Hatter's Shackle Irons w/ Removeable Handles
Removable Handle Brim Irons
  These 3 hat making irons are rare and hard to find vintage hat irons.  The two on the left have removable handles that resemble Sensible style handles, but I am not sure that is who made them.  Over the years I have had hundreds of other brim or shackle irons, but only 2 or three of this style.  The one on the right has a swinging adjustable feature controlled by a part of the handle to allow the user to have more control when forming the brim.  It too is an unusual and hard to find style.    

From left to right.   


1.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
3.  Good . . . . .SOLD!


Hat making Toliker Irons
Group 8 Hatters / Hat Making
Tolliker / Crown Irons
   This type of hat iron is used to smooth out the area where brim meets body or other curved areas.  They are typically crescent shaped and can be different radius, heights, lengths and so forth.      

From left to right.

1.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . .
SOLD!
3.  Good . . . . .SOLD!



Vintage Hatmaking Toliker Irons
Group 9 Hatters / Hat Making
Tolliker Irons
  I am not sure where the name originates from but that is what this style iron is called.  They are used to smooth out the area where brim meets body or other curved areas.  They are typically crescent shaped and can be different radius, heights, lengths and so forth.      


From left to right.
1.  Good . . . . .
SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . SOLD!
3.  Good . . . . .
SOLD!
4.  Good . . . . .
SOLD!



Group 10 Hatters / Hat Making Hat making Toliker Irons
Tolliker Irons
  Each of these is different from each other, and from the ones above.  That is really pretty interesting, to think that there were that many different makers, making totally different irons to basically accomplish the same task.  Big or small, tall or low, straight or leaning, w/ flange without, and on and on. 

From left to right.

1.  Good . . . . .SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . .
SOLD!
3.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
4.  Good . . . . .SOLD!

 

Group 11 Rare Hatters / Hat Making  Irons  On the Rare Hat Making Ironsleft is a rare shaped Hatters Brim Iron that was at one time a slug iron.  It would be the first of this design I have ever seen meant to take a slug.  The last user got tired of keeping track of the slugs, or lost it, and filled the cavity with lead.  The lead expanded as it cooled and did crack the iron iron in several places. The rear door is still present.  It is solid as a rock though.  Very Unusual!!!

On the right is an electric adjustable shackle brim iron. I have never seen an electric moveable shackle hat iron before.  Think of the quality of the work it could produce being a constant even temperature as you were forming and smoothing the brim of you latest creation.  I wonder how well the new all wood examples I saw on the internet would work with no heat at all.  Not too well I imagine as you can no longer order them.

From left to right:

1.  Good . . . . . SOLD!
2.  Good . . . . .SOLD!




hats3.jpg (32679 bytes)An Assortment of Unusual Hatter's Irons  Irons for hats, caps and bonnets are a fascinating sub-category of iron collecting, and antique hatter's irons are sought out not only by iron collectors for display but also by contemporary makers of handmade hats looking for the tools and devices that were used in the last century to do the myriad of specialized jobs associated with their trade.  Numerous firms, located primarily in New England, were engaged in producing supplies for the hat industry.  Crowns need to be shaped, brims had to be curled, creases needed to be ironed in, felt nap had to be smoothed, and ironing devices that came to be named  tollikers, shackles, hatter's shells, etc. were manufactured in the mid to late 1800's to respond to the growing industry.  Offered here are an assortment of hatter's irons that were part of the Glissman Iron Collection.  Be sure to look at all of the pictures.  There are a total of 12 irons, several with moveable flanges, several with double grooves, all are unusual and interesting shapes.

Good . . . . .  SOLD




Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAdjustable Double Groove Hat Makers Iron   This is a rare hatter's shackle that has an unusual adjustment mechanism.  One groove is fixed, uniform in width, and looks pretty standard.  The second groove is moveable and has a really odd shape / configuration.  It's adjustable in width and the depth slopes from something at one end to nothing at the other.......perhaps for the brim of cowboy hats?  Be sure to look at all the pictures.  Very nice!!

Very Good  . . . . . . SOLD!



Brass Movable Front Hat Shackle Iron  Hatters' irons come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and forms, each having a special purpose in shaping, smoothing, pressing and curling the various parts of a variety of styles of antique hats.  This example is all brass with a wooden handle.  There are no markings on it and the brass has a rich, mellow, unpolished patina.

Good . . . . .  SOLD


Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHatter's 5/8" Shackle Iron This hat makers moveable shackle iron has a metal handle.  The moveable piece had to be drilled and tapped as one holding screw was sheared off.  It is functional now.  Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!









Iron Movable Front Hat Shackle IronIron Movable Front Hat Shackle Iron  This example is all iron with a nicely formed wooden handle.  It is marked 5/8 referencing the size of the curl of the brim it would produce.  It has great form, smooth surface, and rich patina.

Good . . . . .   SOLD






Round Front Hatmakers Irons3 Unusual Round Front Hatmakers Irons  Here is a different selection of unique and interesting hatter's irons.  These 3 round nose irons are very heavy and were made specifically for the hatters trade.  They do not turn up very often.

Good . . . . .   SOLD





4hatters.jpg (25556 bytes)Another Grouping of Unusual Hatmaking Irons  Here is a different selection of unique and interesting hatter's ironing implements.  These 4 tollikers are brass and wood and have a great patina.  These too were part of the Glissman Iron Collection.

Good . . . . .  SOLD




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesHatters Shackle Iron   Thumb lever operated!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHatters Grooved Bottom Brim Iron   This looks like a standard polisher, but check out the bottom in the other pictures.  I have never seen this iron with a grooved bottom like this before.  A super piece!   

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPaco Hatter's Iron   An interesting round back crescent shape.   

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHatter's Trim Cutter & Iron    A super unusual piece!   

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesDouble Groove Brim Iron   Be sure to look at the other pictures.  A super piece with double grooves cut into the base.   

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesMcCoy Hatters Iron  Hat making tolliker irons like this one are becoming very hard to find.   The condition of this example is superb.

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHatters Crown Iron  Cast as one solid piece with a hollow handle.  It has a very pronounced curve.  Different and nice!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHatters Adjustable Shackle / Brim Iron  Hat making irons are becoming ever harder to find.   This one is marked 3/4.  Different and the condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesTolliker Hatters Iron  This one has a very pronounced offset to the handle and is larger than many---probably for 10 gallon cowboy hats.  The condition is nice!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesBrass Hatters Shackle Iron    This is contemporary and was issued at one of the Collector Club meetings.  It is nicely done!

Fine . . . . . .  SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHat Makers Adjustable Shackle Iron  This adjustable hatters iron is hinged and utilizes a thumb latch design to operate.  Very different!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!






Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesHatters Crown Iron   The condition is second to none!

Fine. . . . . . SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHat Makers Removable Handle Brim Iron  This is one I have not seen or had before.  The detachable handle design is a very unusual form for a hatters iron.  The handle mechanism has been professionally and carefully repaired / rebuilt.  It looks as if it was broken and repaired by brazing and machining new brass parts to the existing handle.  The handle latch operates but not smoothly.  Unusual and would be priced quite a bit higher were it not for the repair.

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!



www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesGrooved Bottom Hatters Brim Iron  This one has a groove cut into the sole for the brim.  It is nickel plated, and the two letter name is cast into the top although a bit hard to make out.  The condition is nice.  Different!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesAdjustable Size Hat Stretcher / Sizer   This is a great mechanical gadget!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAdjustable Hat Makers Shackle Iron   An unusual adjustable hatter's iron.  The end of the handle swings the hinged edge open and closed.  It has minor pitting that really should not affect its use.

Good - . . . . . .   SOLD!





Antique hat ironHatters Moveable Shackle Iron   Nice form, and in super condition!   

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!






Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHat Makers Shackle Iron   An adjustable / moveable front hatter's shackle iron with minor pitting that really should not interfere with it being used or displayed.

Good - . . . . . . SOLD!






Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHat Makers Brim / Curl Iron   A nice looking hatter's iron with outside curve and single groove in bottom, used to curl the brim and smooth the edge.

Good  . . . . . . SOLD!






Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHat Makers Tolliker Iron   A good looking hatter's tolliker iron---a crescent shaped curve with one flat end and one angled end.

Good  . . . . . . SOLD!







Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesJ Marks Hat Makers Shackle Iron   A nice looking hatter's shackle iron.  It's extremely unusual to find these marked with a maker name!

Good  . . . . . .  SOLD!








Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHat Makers Curved Smoothing Iron   A great looking hatter's iron!

Good  . . . . . .  SOLD!







Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHat Makers Trimming Iron   An unusual hatter's with a spring loaded cutting edge that is pitted but still functional.  I cleaned it and got all the parts moving.

Good - . . . . . .SOLD!





Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsMcDonald Rotary Hat Iron     This gas jet heated hatters iron has an 1892 patent date.  Great condition!

Very Good . . . . . .   SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesCast Iron Hat Brim Iron   Different than most hatters irons this one has a very broad fat grip and a very flat bottom!

Good + . . . . . .SOLD! 





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