Hand Carved Dutch Bonnet Ruffling Fluting Crimping Wood Sad Iron 19th Century
In Europe, in the early 19th century, cold ironing had not yet disappeared, as this hand carved bonnet ruffle iron from Holland shows. The base and roller are finely carved. The fabric to be ruffled was placed over the base and the roller run back and forth, using some pressure, over it.
This very small size iron may have been used as a child's iron/ruffle to iron doll's clothes
Condition: As found. No damage evident. Patina from age and use.l9 (see photos).
Approximate Dimensions: The base is 4.5" long x 3" across and 5/8" high. The operating part of the roller is 3" while the entire roller is 5" long.
Reference: Tuesdays Child by The Politzers figure 320 p.176 and Irons by Irons p 70.