Researchers have put out some important work on
pressing or sad irons and
ironing related antiques over the years. Their efforts and research has contributed greatly to the knowledge
base for this collectible. Most of these sad iron related books are out of print, and become
available only when old time collections are broken up and redistributed.
A Pictorial History of the American Iron
by Harold Barker
This is a compilation of articles,
advertisements, and old catalog reprints published in 1995. It's
softcover, 167 pages long, and includes 100's of sad, fluting, kerosene /
gas, and electric irons, iron heaters and stoves, and other antique
laundry-related devices. Lots of good information and illustrations
In the interest of getting these antique iron books listed in a timely manner
I have not photographed them all, but if you need more information on condition
or content just email me.
Children: Collecting Little Irons and Trivets by Frank and Judy Politzer
This is the first edition of the seminal book on
child-size irons written by the iron collecting pioneers. A must
for every iron collector's bookshelf. Published in limited quantities in
1977. (Several copies available)
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Also available: Second Edition published 1995 Very Good ......... $25.00
Tuesday Morning: More Little Irons and Trivets by Frank & Judy Politzer
This is the first edition of the second book on
children's and toy irons written by these early collectors. Published in
limited quantities in 1986.
(Several copies available---slight variations in
Founders of Scottish Irons by I.K. Anderson
This is a compilation of information on Scottish foundries printed in 1985
to accompany the author's display of Scottish irons at the British Iron
Collectors meeting in the Fall of that year. Lots of good information
here! (Two copies available)
In Search of their Roots: Scottish Box Irons by
Ian and Ann Anderson
Until the publication of this book in 1988 most
collectors mistakenly identified Scottish Box Irons as being Russian.
This work is the culmination of many hours of research to dispel the myth.
It delves into great detail and provides a wealth of knowledge about these
highly regarded irons. (Two copies available)
A Collector's Guide to Pressing Irons and Trivets
by Esther S. Berney
Published in 1977 and for a long time out of
print, this 180 page hardcover book in my opinion is the best book on irons
ever written. It's not a price guide, just a very comprehensive compilation
of research that includes over 800 photos, illustrations and patent
drawings. A must for every iron collector's library! (Two copies available)
Very Good ...............$100.00 NK-Bern-2
Excellent ................. $125.00 NK-Bern-3
Laundry Life in London Town by Julia C. Morgan
This is a 70 page manuscript about the laundry trade in London during the 1920's.
Iron Talk: Journal of Antique Pressing Irons
& Jimmy Walker
The Walkers published this magazine of iron
collecting 6 times a year, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2002. Every issue is a wealth
of information and a classic for every collector's bookshelf. Offered here are
two groupings: a partial run that includes Issues 1-25, and a full run that
Issues 1-40 (but missing Issue 26 and Issue 36)
All include original Iron Talk binders.
Very Good.................$75.00 / set of 25
Also Available: Single issue 30 "Black Memorabilia
for Iron Collectors" ......... $2.00 (two copies available)
Pressing Iron Patents: A Pictorial
Presentation of Patent Briefs compiled by Dave Irons
Self-published in 1994. A sampling of the wide
variety of patents that were issued for all sorts of pressing irons from
1876-1912. Signed by the author. (Two copies available)
Good.................$10.00 each NK-PIP-5 PR-PIP
Evolution of the Sad-Iron by A.H. Glissman
The authors are legends in iron collecting history! This book was self-published
Original Hardcover Edition of The Evolution of the Sad-Iron These hardcover editions are extremely hard to find. Very few were printed.
(Two copies available)
Excellent ......... $195.00
A Gallimaufry of Goffering
by Oliver St. John
Everything you always wanted to know about goffering.
And goffering irons. And then some. This softcover publication
also includes information and illustrations of fashions in head dresses,
poking sticks, stacking plaiters, fluters, and other bazaar ironing devices.
A great reference!
Laundry Bygones by Pamela
This is one of the Shire Publication 30 page
booklets, and it gives a nice sampling of washing and ironing implements and
techniques in 19th century England. (Three copies available)
Good.................$5.00 each NK-LB-1, 2, 3
The Swanson Collection by
Ted & Vi Swanson
This 250 page spiral bound book illustrates
irons in the collection of one of the premier West Coast pioneers of iron
Fair (missing back cover).................$15.00 NK-SWAN
A Collector's Guide to Trivets
and Stands by Rob Roy Kelly and James Ellwood
This hardcover book is probably the most comprehensive
book ever written on antique trivets. Published in 1990 it includes an
explanation of early casting methods, general information on manufacturers,
and literally hundreds of photos identifying a multitude of trivets and stands.
The original publish price was $75.00.
Price guide information as well. A great resource and reference. (2 copies available)
Book 1 and 2 by Dick Hankenson
The first books I know of that were exclusively devoted
to the subject of trivet collecting. This is the second edition, published
in 1972 by Wallace Homestead. (Note: There is a bit more wear to the covers than the photo shows)
PR-HT-1 SH-HT-1 SH-HT-2
Trivets by Dick Hankenson
Self -published in 1963, this is the First Edition of
what was later reprinted as Trivets Book 1. These books are the
first I know of that were exclusively devoted to the subject of trivet collecting,
and the first editions were done in very limited quantities. They were originally
spiral bound, and this one has since been re-bound into a loose leaf notebook.
Trivets Old and Re-Pro
by Dick Hankenson
in 1968, this is the First Edition of what was later reprinted as Trivets
Book 2. These books are the first I know of that were exclusively
devoted to the subject of trivet collecting, and the first editions were done
in very limited quantities. They were originally spiral bound, and this one has since
been re-bound into a loose leaf notebook.
Iron Collector Auction
These illustrated catalogs of antique iron
collections that have been sold over the last decade or so represent some of
the finest collections in the US! Complete with Prices Realized.
"The Kelley Collection of Irons, Trivets, Stoves and Laundry Collectibles"
October 1997 by Richard Opfer Auctioneering
"The Tuesday's Children / Politzer Collection"
July 2000 by Simmons & Co. Auctioneers
"The Walker Iron Collection"
July 2004 by Simmons & Co. Auctioneers (catalog cover is
"Babe and John Kinnemeyer Collection of Little Irons"
July 2005 by Simmons & Co. Auctioneers
"Floyd Wolters / John & Marjorie Lloyd Collections"
August 2007 by Simmons & Co. Auctioneers
Irons by Elaine Marie Alphin
book is probably aimed toward school children I actually found a lot of interesting
information in it. The focus is on the history of irons as it lead up
to the modern day electric iron, and although not exactly what you would call
an in-depth study it did have information on early electric irons that I haven't
read elsewhere. A good basic book for electric iron collectors, and a
great book to give to a child to get them interested in iron collecting.
At Work in the Laundry
From way back
when, and before the time of Girls Gone Wild, there was Girls At Work.
Here are two original photographs of the same group of ladies.
One inside the workplace doing the ironing, and one during break on the porch.
I am going to guess that these two 8 x 10 photographs pre-date Suffrage.
Good.......$40.00 for the pair
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