I will buy your "good" vintage & antique
sad or pressing irons and laundry related antiques or help you sell
them consignment from my antique sales
We do not buy and can not help you with common doorstop / bookend
varieties of irons.
Nobody has bought or sold more antique
sad or pressing irons than we have. We have
collections of antique pressing irons numbering in the thousands. We have sold many
pressing irons for world record prices and can help you sell
Over the last 20 years we have handled and sold well over 10,000
We are primarily interested in rare and
unusual examples of antique pressing irons, and especially irons
with unusual or patented features. These can be found on antique fluting
irons, gas or liquid fuel irons, alcohol irons, revolving or reversible
irons, combination irons w/ fluters, pre 1900 electric irons, and
most any other type of unusual
antique pressing irons.
Both American & European irons can have
features that make them desirable. We are always interested in unusual fluting irons, goffer irons, and gas or fuel heated irons. We are also always looking
for unusual patented antique flat irons or sadirons that have unusual
features or handles. Rare antique child-size irons, polishing irons, sleeve irons,
or any other unique and early ironing related antique devices are in
demand. We are also interested in any ironing related advertising or early store
displays for ironing devices.
If you have any unique or unusual
antique pressing irons that are for sale or want help selling, contact
us via email at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com giving us as many details as possible
and we will get back to ASAP.
If you are interested in buying
or want to see antique pressing irons we have for sale
please visit our sister site at
www.Patented-Antiques.com to view our current offerings of vintage & antique irons we have
listed for sale there.
Machine Fluting Irons
Fluting irons are were designed
to crimp, ruffle and press little pleats into starched fabric.
Fluters were used for collars, cuffs, etc. and these vintage tools were
an invention that saw their heyday in America from the 1860's through
the 1880's. Some very rare and unusual electric fluting
irons were made into the 1920's for the movie & costume
Pictured above is the Holly Patent machine fluter--- it
operates by means of a hand crank which crimps the fabric as it transports
it between the two fluted rollers. Machine fluters are also referred
to as pleaters, or pleating irons, crimpers, crimping irons, or rufflers
and came in a myriad of designs---some had pedestal or tripod bases,
some were clamp-on models.
Values for typical or common machine
fluters generally run from under $100 for examples like the "American"
and the "Crown", to well over $1000 for rare and desirable ones
like the Holly shown here, or the Dion (top left) or the Meyer's patent
"goat" fluter which has been known to sell for several
thousand in the past.
Rocker & Roller Fluting
The McClure fluting iron is an example
of a rocker fluter. It is the name and the makers name of this
fluter that make it rare, not the form or style, which is
ommon. With this rocker
style of antique fluting iron the ironer would manually rock the top
half of the iron over the bottom half with the fabric in-between.
The iron pictured in the very top left corner of this page is another
example of a desirable and interesting antique rocker fluter known as
the Dion, and like the McClure it too is named after the inventor who
The Dion fluting iron was patented in
1868 and 1870 and is a highly sought after example that in the past
has sold for as much as 5K. At the other end of the value spectrum
is the common Geneva Fluter.
When offered on eBay the Geneva routinely sells for 20.00 or less.
The moral being there can be a huge difference in value for a given
style of fluting iron.
Commonly found rocker fluter
irons like "the Best" and others typically sell for under $30 these
days. This is just one example of how small variations in a given
model or subtle variations in features in an antique iron can
A third style of fluting iron is the roller style fluter where the
top piece is manually rolled rather than rocked over the bottom to
press the fabric into the flutes.
Unusual irons of this style would be
those with unique handle designs or other odd features. There is one rare
versions called the "Indicator" because it has a thermometer built into
the fluting plate. Another unusual one that has a double roller
on the handle.
We are always selling unusual examples of all styles
of antique fluting irons, so if you have one that you think we would
be interested in, please contact us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com
with the details.
Gas / Liquid Fuel Irons
Another category of antique pressing
irons are fuel irons of every type---antique irons
that were heated by whale oil, gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, natural gas, carbide-acetylene,
or over a gas-jet or lamp, etc.
Perhaps the best known and most commonly
found or offered for sale of this style of
iron is the blue enamel Coleman gasoline iron. Blue is by far
the most commonly seen color, but Coleman also made irons in many other
colors that are more desirable---turquoise, red, green, tan, etc.
Other manufacturers, such as American
Machine Co., also made colored enamel irons. These gas irons range
in value in good+ condition from as low as $30 or so for a blue Coleman
out of the box in typical used condition, to several hundred dollars
for an unusual color iron in pristine condition in its original box
Fuel irons from Sears and Montgomery
Wards are considered very common, and even when found in like new the box
sell typically sell for under 100. These companies were still selling these
irons well after WWII to regions that had not been incorporated into
the "grid". Coleman was manufacturing irons into the 60's in Canada
for that market and the Amish, and they are still big buyers of
Another type of gas heated vintage pressing iron that we deal in is
the gas jet style. This style of antique iron at first glance
resembles a common cast iron "doorstop" sadiron but closer
inspection reveals a hollowed out, rather than solid body.
These irons were designed to be heated directly by a kerosene lamp
or by a wall-mounted gas jet apparatus, and were hung on the
apparatus and inverted over it so the interior of the iron could be
directly exposed to the hot flame. These gas jet irons come in
both full size and smaller travel or portable sizes. The iron
shown here is McCarty's patent, which was granted in 1879.
Examples of smaller gas jet irons are the Acme and the Sultana.
One example of a very interesting early
fuel iron is the c.1870 Crocker Farnsworth reversible iron pictured
here. This is an
or oil burning iron which is recognizable from the style and shape of the fuel
tank. Others from this early time used whale oil as their fuel
source. The most interesting feature of this antique fuel
iron is that it revolves, meaning that the handle could be released
by means of a thumb latch and the iron body could be revolved 180
degrees and then locked back into place, providing for a secondary
ironing surface to use after the first side had cooled down.
The theory behind the revolving iron was that heat rises and
therefore the top of the iron body would retain its heat longer than
the bottom, so that if you kept turning the iron over you would
always get to work with the hotter side.
Unusual Patented Irons
Other antique revolving irons were heated
by means of a slug that was inserted into
the body. Revolving slug irons often featured two, three, or even
different ironing surfaces. In other words, after the handle was
released the body could be revolved and the handle then locked back
into place so that the top or either of the edges of the iron body could
be used after the bottom had cooled down.
Oftentimes one or more of the surfaces were specially designed for
fluting, polishing, glossing, or embossing designs into the fabric.
The Carver patent pressing irons pictured here are an example of
this type of iron. These irons were manufactured with a
variety of names such as the Family Laundry Iron, Victor,
Majestic, etc. The rotation mechanism and the door itself as
well as the latch for it are all very fragile on these irons and
often found broken or damaged.
Other revolving antique irons were patented
by inventors named Hewitt and Mann, and two of these unusual antique
combination fluting / pressing irons are pictured here.
irons were also used by tailors and in commercial applications.
The unusual revolving iron pictured here was heated by means of natural
gas and weighs a whopping 24 or more pounds and is about 15 inches across.
The weight of the iron was thought to make for an
easier job in the pressing of wool suits and coats and other heavy
garments. This huge tailors iron could be flipped over by
means of a handle release so that the second side of the iron could
be put to use. As you can imagine an iron of this size and weight
and size would have taken a strong man to maneuver, and the added
costs and time to produce such a mechanical device would have been
cost prohibitive in most cases and so revolving tailors irons are
seldom found and considered very unusual.
Another unusual revolving pressing iron is the Avery
patent sadiron that is pictured here. This design
permitted the iron to be turned on any of its four surfaces by
loosening the wing nut built into the handgrip. The serious drawback
of this idea was that the handle not only unlocked from the body to
allow it to rotate, it actually released completely from the body if
am sure his idea was meant to make life easier, but the truth is it
takes three hands to reattach and tighten the handle in place, and
that is when it is cold. Unusual Patented Irons like this,
that were really "lousy ideas" and were only manufactured for a
short period of time if at all are the type of irons that we are most interested
in finding and helping you sell!
There are many different types of antique
sadirons irons that we can help you sell. Please let us know if
you have an antique fluting irons, any type of vintage fuel iron,
antique child-size or salesman sample irons, special purpose irons of
any sort, figural irons such as swans, goats, trains, flower irons or
leaf irons, early electric irons (1907 or earlier) or patented antique
irons in unusual shapes that you want to sell. We can also
help you sell the cast iron tobacco cutter made in the shape of a flatiron
marked "Scotten Dillon Flat Iron Plug. if you have one of those.
Please note: The antique pressing irons pictured above are
examples of the caliber, condition and quality that we are
primarily interested in buying & selling and can help you with.
Please check the Iron Past Sales Archive on the right to see what some of
the Irons we have had have sold for in the past
If you have similar irons to those seen here
that you are looking to sell, please email us atLCM@AntiqBuyer.com
To see other examples of antique pressing
irons that we currently have for sale please go to our sister site at
visit the antique iron sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole
you do not see any doorstop variety irons, or simple / common fixed
handle irons without any
special features, or
later electric irons from the 50's -70's
discussed here is because we do not buy them or deal in
them. Later common sell for little more than scrap values these days.
If you have these types
of more common sad irons and are looking to sell them simply look at eBay for a while
to see what these more common
types of irons actually sell for. On any given day or week
there are approx. 4K listed there. Take a look, and you will then understand.