This unusual 19th century goffering iron features two barrels. The barrels are set in a vertical stem with a decorative knop at the midpoint and are oriented at a 90 degree angle to one another. The diameter of the barrels is slightly different with one iron measuring 1.25" across and the other measuring 1" across. The piece has a wide base for stability and is domed.
Goffering irons, also known as Italian or tally irons, are specialized domestic equipment consisting of hollow tubes designed to crimp or frill clothing. The tubes were heated by inserting red hot irons of a slightly smaller diameter inside of them. After being stiffened with starch, clothing items like collars and cuffs were pressed over the heated irons in order to create semi-circular folds.
The double goffering iron is in very good condition with no holes or repairs. As an antique, the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of discoloration to the cast iron surface. In addition it should be mentioned that there is some age related pitting/flaking to the exterior of the larger diameter iron which is best seen in photo 2. The piece stands 9" tall as measured to the top edge of the smaller diameter iron and measures 8.5" from the tip of the larger iron to the opposite side of the base. The base is 5" in diameter. The goffering irons themselves are 5.5" and 4.25" in length. The piece weighs in at 2lbs 5oz.
This highly collectible double goffering iron displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a collection of antique domestic paraphernalia related to clothing, or works well as a stand alone object. It could be also be used as a doorstop or employed as a unique bookend. Regardless of how it is used, the goffering iron is an unusual decorative accent sure to be noticed wherever it is displayed. Perfect on a shelf, windowsill or hearth.