Wendy Hamilton Antiques

 Blacksmith Made Clamp On Goffering Sad Iron With Slug 18th Century


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Blacksmith Made Clamp on Goffering Sad Iron with Slug 18th Century

This type of iron is called a goffering or fluting or tally iron or a 'shaper'. It was used in the 18th century to shape fabric into 'ruffles'  for a collar or shirt front. A hot slug (included) was placed into the barrel of the iron and the fabric to be ruffled was pulled back and forth over the hot barrel.

"Their purpose was opposite the smoothing/flattening work of a sad iron and represent an important period in the history of fashion."

Instead of being mounted on a base, this style of iron achieved support by clamping it to a table.

Approximate Dimensions:  Length 10", Height 5 1/2", Barrel 4 1/2", Slug 5 1/4".

Condition: Wear as expected with age & use. No damage or repairs

Reference: "Iron Talk" by Carol & Jimmy  Walker Issue 39 figure 25