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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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Our current offering of Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Sells Antique Pressing Irons Hewitt Patent Combination Revolving Fluter / Sad Iron / Polishing Iron  The lock is good.  The patent info is on the tail.  The fluter plate is original.  A nice iron.    

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

Meeker's Antique Sad Iron SalesHewitt Patent Revolving Combination Iron  Patented by John Hewitt this revolving iron was to be all things to all people!  A flatiron, a polisher, and a fluter depending on which side you flipped it over to.  What more could you want?  This example is complete with it's original removable fluter plate and in excellent condition---it revolves, latches and unlatches as it should.  The patent info is clearly marked on both the tail and the fluter plate.  Nice!! 

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

Meeker's Antique Sad Iron SalesMajestic Revolving Combination Fluting / Sad  Iron  The lock lever for the handle release has been repaired.  The rest of the iron is nice.  It is complete with slug and fluting plate, which is almost always missing.  Priced right!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $155.00     SOLD!

Meeker's Antique Sad Iron Sales - List 32Streeter's "Magic" Fluter & Polishing Iron    This is the rare version of this slug heated combination iron, and this example is in outstanding condition.  While the body is turns up from time to time, it is almost never seen with the auxiliary roller fluter that attaches to the same handle that fits the iron.  All of the different parts could be bought separately, explaining why just the iron is found more often.  Note in the last photo how the fluter plate fits on top of the iron body.  Very hard to find!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $1095.00     SOLD!


Patent 1876 Revolving Combination Slug / Fluting IronPatent 1876 Revolving Combination Slug / Fluting Iron   This is a rare revolving box iron designed with a fluter plate on the side.  It's one of the earliest irons of this style.  With an 1876 patent date it was manufactured 20 years prior to the Horace Carver revolving combination irons that would follow.  This iron can be found in a few variations as the inventor made small design changes trying to get it just right.  This example is very nice with no condition issues and complete with slug and pin.  Be sure to look at all the pictures to see close-ups of the fluter plate and patent marking.  The condition is very nice!  A top shelf piece!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!

Antique Fluting Iron"Little Giant" Patented Fluting Iron / Sad Iron & Polisher w/ Board   A rare Fluter / Polisher / Smoother. The board appears to be a finely crafted replacement.  A great piece and unlike any other combination fluter!  Highly recommend.

Good +. . . . . . .   SOLD!

Meeker's Antique Sad Iron SalesMyers Patent 1871 Combination Fluting / Sad Iron  This is a nice looking combo flatiron and fluter with brass fluting plates. The latch and hinge are good.  Nice!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!

Antique Meyer's Patent Fluting IronMyers' Patent Combination Fluter / Smooth Iron   Mr. Frederick Myers pulled several patents over the years for different designs and styles of fluting irons.  One was the famous goat fluter.  Another was for the model similar to this that came with patterned embossing plates.  This one's plates are made to slide in and out as if to allow for different size plates to be used.  The clip, a nicely made replacement, removes so you can use the top as the rocker.

Very Good. . . . . . SOLD! Sells Antique Pressing IronsPatented Combination Charcoal / Fluting Iron  With its built-in design there is no excuse for ever misplacing the rocker on this combo iron.

Very Good . . . . . .  $95.00      SOLD! Sells Antique Pressing IronsMonroe Patent Combination Fluting / Sad Iron  The bottom is a little rough but could clean up to be nicer.  No issues with the hinge or latch.  The fluting plates are iron.

Good . . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!

Meeker's Antique Sad Iron SalesCarver Patent Revolving Box Iron  Horace Carver of Racine, WI patented a number of different box irons of a similar design.  All were double pointed and had a trap door on the side that opened to allow for the insertion of a heating slug.  Banking on the theory that heat rises the idea was that once the bottom side started to cool you would rotate the iron 180 degrees to continue ironing with the opposite, presumably hotter, side.  But Carver went a step further and designed the edge of his irons with a secondary feature to allow for fluting or polishing.  This particular model features a polisher surface by incorporating a raised panel with a dotted design pattern, similar to that used on the bottom of the Mahoney polisher.  They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but in this case I'm not sure who was flattering who.  This Carver is marked "Pat. Applied For" on the inside of the door, which is decorated with a pretty geometric design.  It is missing the slug but in otherwise fine conditon with no handle, latch, or hinge issues!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $345.00    SOLD! Sells Antique Pressing IronsAcme Carbon Iron - Combination Charcoal Iron / Fluting Iron  Cutting edge clean coal technology patented in 1910.  The secret was to cut off the chimney and stop calling what it burned "coal" and call it carbon instead.  I have heard this is one of the models Donald is going to reintroduce as part of his program to create new jobs.  Forget solar and wind---get yours here first.  Super condition!!

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

Sensible Combination Flat & Fluter IronSensible Combo Fluter / Flat Iron  This combination  iron is a NY patent iron by Nelson Streeter.  The Sensible iron base is the holder for the roller fluter plate.  This is a great iron that has a great look. There is also a miniature version of this iron that is very rare, and Streeter also patented the Magic #1 box iron, a variation on the theme of this one. 

Very Good . . . . . . SOLD!

Magic No. 1 Combination Box Iron / Fluting IronStreeter's Magic No. 1 Combination Box Iron / Fluting Iron  Nelson Streeter of Groton, NY was one of the more prolific manufacturers of his day, producing a host of ironing devices including removable handle sad irons, sleeve irons, child-size irons, and an assortment of combination flat / fluting irons.  The  Magic No. 1 is certainly one of his best looking and interesting creations!  This box iron is complete with its heating slug.  When the flatwork and smoothing was done, the ironer could then get on to the more challenging chore of fluting by simply removing the handle / top assembly and laying the specially fitted fluter plate onto the iron base.  The slug would continue to provide the heat needed to roll the ruffle into the dampened and starched fabric.  When the fluting was done, or when the slug needed to be reheated, she could easily use the flange at the end of of the roller handle to safely pick up the fluter plate to remove it for later use, and to remove the slug from the body of the iron.  It was all very well thought out.  As can be imagined with so many parts and pieces these irons are most often found incomplete.  This example is in very good condition with lots of nickel plating remaining on the body, the fluter plate, and the roller and with original black japanning on the top and on the handle of the roller.  The wood handle and the latch are also in excellent condition.  This is another iron that doesn't come along every week!

Good . . . . .  SOLD!

mannflut.jpg (28439 bytes)Mann's Patent Revolving Fluting / Flat Combination Iron   At first glance this iron appears to be remarkably similar to the John Hewitt patent revolving combination fluter / flatiron.  However instead of a separate removable fluter plate that is the hallmark of the Hewitt iron, the Mann patent iron is designed with a "built-in" fluted bottom.  A close inspection of the construction of the body reveals it was actually cast as two individual pieces and then permanently pinned together as one.  The body is stamped "Mann's Pat. Oct. 8, '72" and the patent indicates it was meant to be a fluter, a flat iron and a polisher, depending on which of the four sides were used.  Though both Hewitt and Mann apparently lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA during the same time Mr. Hewitt was no doubt the more financially successful of the two, given that Hewitt's combination iron is by far more frequently found than this model of Mr. Mann's.  This iron is from the longtime Glissman collection.

Good . . . . .  SOLD!

Charcoal IronThe Acme Carbon Combination Iron  This charcoal heated combination flat iron and fluter is seldom found complete with both its fluting side plate and accessory rocker.  Purchased from a long-time collector, this example is just about as nice as they get!  If you have never seen one of these irons firsthand, you will be impressed with the manufacturer's workmanship and attention to detail.  The Acme name and patent date of Mar. 15, 1910 are boldly cast into the top of the iron.  The top, which releases at the back by means of a revolving latch, lifts off to reveal a  unique 2-prong hold down at the front.  The back vent on the base is a circular affair with a design that incorporates a little cup to catch any stray ashes when its in the open position.   This hard-to-find combination iron is in super nice condition!

Good . . . . . SOLD!

1872 Combination Fluting Iron / Flat IronPatented 1872 Combination Fluting Iron / Flat Iron  This is one of those irons that must have come from a small hoard of never-been-used new-old-stock ones some years back.  It is mint!

Good . . . . . SOLD!

Streeter's Magic Combination Fluter / Smooth Iron  Streeter's Magic Combination Fluter / Smooth Iron   One of the rarer combination irons Streeter put out.  There is a broken tab on the rear of the body, but the handle still latches on securely.

Good . . . . .  SOLD!

Dean's Patent Combination Fluter / Smooth IronDean's Patent Combination Fluter / Smooth Iron   The Dean Patent was a competitor of the Sensible and Magic offered by Streetor. This often is commonly seen as just the box iron with none of the accessories.  This one is complete with the proper trivet, fluter plate, and roller fluter.  Seldom seen! .

Good . . . . .  SOLD!

Ideal Patented Combination Fluter / Charcoal IronIdeal Patented Combination Fluter / Charcoal Iron   This ones condition lives up to its name.  It looks to be unused.  The trivet has a heart motif to represent how much the user loved their iron  and chores no doubt.  Seldom seen! .

Fine. . . . .   SOLD!

Junior Patented Combination Fluter / Charcoal IronJunior Patented Combination Fluter / Charcoal Iron   This ones size seems to be the source of its name.  It is smaller than typical.    Seldom seen! .

Good . . . . .   SOLD!
 Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPatent 1876 Combination Revolving Sad Iron / Fluting Iron  This is a rare iron.  This iron can be found in a few variations as the inventor made small design changes trying to get it just right.   Complete with slug and pin.   The condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD! Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesUnusual 4 Piece Roller Fluter   This is a pretty rare fluting iron.  It includes the footed base, slug, top plate, and the roller.  Very distinctive with a decorative edge, and hard to find complete!  Highly recommend!

Good + . . . . . .SOLD! Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPatented 1882 Fox Revolving Iron   This patented alcohol fueled revolving combination iron looks to be unfired.  The patent info on the front is from October 3rd 1882.  The number is 265401, and this is a close representation to the patent drawing, noting that the fuel tank is a bit different from the one shown.  Having just a single patent date would make this a first model, as there are other patents taken out for this iron by Mr. Fox.  This iron is described in the Berney book, but not pictured.  She found ads describing its features, including using it as a stove and heater in the sickroom.  It is unusual in that all four sides could be used or had a distinct purpose as well. 

There are apparently two later patents for minor improvements to the design.  I am not sure if there are examples of irons with those improvements out there.  This is a rare iron that we have only had one time before, and that one came in the Glissman collection.   The latch is good, and so are the hinges. There is one small ding in the tank.  The condition is otherwise near mint.   Very nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD! Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesMann's Patent Combination Revolving Fluting Iron / Sad Iron / Polishing Iron   Similar to a Hewitt, but the ribbed fluting plate is fixed and permanent rather than removable like the Hewitt.  And much harder to find---a very unusual combination fluter / sad iron.  Nice!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD! Antique Sad & Pressing Iron Sales"The Economist' Patented Revolving Combination Iron   One of several Carver patent revolving combination slug irons.  This one is a flatiron and a polisher.  It's complete with the slug.  The latch, the hinge, and the revolving feature are in fine condition.  Nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD! Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesLittle Giant Fluting Iron w Fluting Plate   This is a rare combination sadiron / fluting iron.  And even rarer is its completeness.  This is the first one I have ever seen with the correct fluting plate.  Highly recommend!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!

Patented Sells Antique IronsAlcohol  / Whale Oil Fox Patent Revolving Combination Fluter / Polisher / Sad Iron   This is a rare and early revolving combination fluting iron / flatiron / polishing iron.  It is missing the fuel tank.  Very hard to find!!

Good  +. . . . .   SOLD! Sells Antique IronsSan-Toy Button Iron     The purpose of the cut out toe on this iron is to enable ironing around buttonholes.  Seems like a good idea!!

Very Good . . . . . . SOLD!

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