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Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAcorn Brass Mfg Co Tank-in-Handle Fuel Iron   This is probably one of the most unusual and graphic of all gas irons!  Manufactured by the Acorn Brass Mfg. Co. of Chicago, Illinois, and patented in 1913, this gas powered clothes iron claims the unusual feature of having the fuel tank designed as part of the handle.  How well it actually worked might be debatable, but what is undeniable is that it has a wildly streamlined "modern" Buck Rogers look.  Can you imagine the feeling of pushing around an iron that resembled a rocket or missile---that must have appealed to the more adventurous consumers of the day, but frightened away just as many.  Two different variations of this iron were manufactured.  On one version the base was enameled: on the other, of which this is an example, the base was blackened steel.  The iron is in very good condition with clear manufacturer's marking on the end cap of the tank.  Definitely an eye-catcher for the collection!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $895.00     SOLD!

 



Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesKeith & Blackman Enameled British Gas Iron This natural gas iron is in super condition.  The condition of the enamel is just about as good as it gets!  The manufacturer's name and the words "Patents Pending" are cast into each side of the handle.  Note the unusual design in the way the gasline is incorporated into the handle, and also how the rear exhaust is most definitely right-hand-centric.  A charmer!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $495.00   SALE PRICE . . . . . . $375.00    SOLD!





Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesDoran Gas Iron  An unusual iron and quite rare!  A lot of different ideas were used to try and get the fuel tank out of the way on gas irons so the user could have a better view of the garment being ironed, and be able to better use this new idea of fuel powered irons.  While other makers went low or tried every other imaginable location one could think of---to the left, or right, underneath or as part of the handle etc. etc.,  Doran's idea was to go high.  Really high.  Sadly, like Hillary he lost the race.  Many of the other ideas and designs were more appealing to the crowds than this odd looking thing and won the day.   Not many of these to be found!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $795.00     SOLD!





Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesBeetAll Gas Iron  An English gas iron that has a long sweeping charcoal iron-style chimney.  The brass plaque is marked "Beetall Mfg Co Birmingham, England" and depicts a reclining lion on the globe.  Super nice condition!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $350.00     SOLD!






Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesDecorated German Gas Jet Pressing Iron  This nickel plated European gas jet heated iron has a great decoration in the casting. Very pretty!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $125.00     SOLD!









Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron Sales"METRO" English Natural Gas Iron   This is a really handsome natural gas iron that hails from across the pond.  The design is quite unique, having an open-front handle and a semi-circular shield over a semi-circular air vent of the same shape, which is located at the front of the iron.  "Metro Pat No 8513/12" is cast into the top.  Different!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $795.00     SOLD!





Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron Sales"The Crownall" Gas Iron This is an English natural gas iron.  It has an interesting design with a rear post open handle.  The brass tag on the base, depicting a reclining lion on the world, identifies it as being made by "The Beetall Mfg Co" of Birmingham, England.  The condition is great---a very handsome piece!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $275.00     SOLD!






Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAlcohol Fueled Feldmeyer Patent Pressing Iron   There certainly are a lot of variations of these!  Every collection needs at least a couple.

Good + . . . . . .SOLD!






Patented Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsPatented July 4th 1893 Sultana Gas Jet Iron w/ Stand   You don't find this one very often anymore.  And this example is complete with a small stand that holds the iron upside down to use as a heating pad / stove.  It can also be used as a trivet.  Minor scorch to the handle that just adds character and illustrates how it was used / heated.  A nice looking little iron!!

Fine. . . . . . SOLD!




Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAustralian Aladdin Kerosene Enameled Gas Iron  This is a great looking iron and one we have seen just a couple of times but have never had one to offer for sale.  I believe this one came from the Walker collection / auction. Very unusual!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsLiquid Fuel / Gas Iron with Decorated Top     No identification---just a great looking iron in outstanding condition.  The big round tank and taller-than-typical body make it very eye-catching.  Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD!






Revolving British Boudoir IronSolid Fuel Revolving British Boudoir Iron  This antique iron is delightfully different.  It is marked "British Boudoir Iron", and I guess it was marketed to the "upper crust", so that the lady of the house could iron in the privacy of her room.  Just to do a few little things of course---I'm sure she had hired help to do the bulk of the it.  Anyway, this iron is heated by means of a pellet of flammable solid fuel.  The handle revolves and both sides are usable to iron with---since heat rises whichever side was on top would always be heating while you were using the bottom side.  To get it heated initially you could turn the iron completely upside down and rest it on the wooden handle, which served as a stand.  Pretty clever!  There is a little bit of "slop" in the revolving mechanism as there is nothing to actually lock it into position.

Good . . . . .  SOLD




Enamel Natural Gas IronDavis Porcelain / Enamel Natural Gas Iron  I think this vintage natural gas iron is English but it could be Australian.  Tell me if you know.  The gray speckled porcelain is in great condition and I love the form of the handle and the star wheel regulating screw.

Good . . . . .  SOLD





Metro Gas IronBritish Patent Graniteware "Metro" Natural Gas Iron  This is an iron I haven't ever seen before and it has a great look to it.  The tag on it says it's called the "Metro".  From the shape of it I think the idea was to convey the sense that it was modern and sleek and would allow you to work with lightening-fast speed.  Don't you agree that there is something about it that just makes you want to push it around on the ironing board!  It has a great looking speckled gray and white graniteware finish, and it's in super condition with almost 100% of the nickel plating remaining and looking like it was hardly ever used.

Good . . . . .  SOLD




Natural Gas Iron with ChimneyEuropean Natural Gas Iron with Chimney  This antique gas iron is similar to an English iron marked "Wright of Birmingham", but this one appears to be unmarked, and is a slight variation.  It has a right angle side venting chimney and a cup-shaped heat shield.  There is a weld across the top that you hardly notice---I guess it got dropped years ago, and true to the times it was repaired instead of thrown away like it would have been had it happened nowadays.  OK, so it's a little dirty, but look at the great form!

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Ox Tongue Gas IronDecorative Ox Tongue Gas Iron  This fuel iron is likely European in origin and is a nice decorative example with a distinctive handle design and ornate casting of the heat shield.  It is in super condition, retaining better than 90% of its nickel plating.  The gas tank and burner lift out to reveal the inside of the hollow well-vented body.  There are just a very few minor dings in then tank.  The iron measures about 7 1/2" from toe to heal.

Good . . . . .  SOLD






The Easy Gas IronThe Easy Gas Iron   This unusual gas iron has a great looking ribbed cast iron body and a horizontally oriented tank.  The condition is second to none.  Light her up and go!!

Very Good . . . . . . SOLD!




Rear Tank Gas Pressing IronRear Tank Gas Pressing Iron  This looks similar to the "Sun" brand, but is unmarked as far as I can see.  It has a very unusual burner design with a cast iron bowl-like design for the burner that I do not recall ever seeing before.  Be sure to check out all the pics to see that.  Overall a very nice iron sure to be a standout in the collection.  

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!




Gas Iron with Front Mounted Fuel TankUnusual Gas Iron with Front Mounted Fuel Tank   This iron is different because the fuel tank is mounted at the front rather than the more typical placement at the rear.  This was a short-lived design because the general consensus was that having the tank out front blocked the ironer's view of the work.  And I have to admit, when I was pushing this thing around on the tabletop to check it out I did find myself concentrating or focusing more on that ball of fuel than paying attention to what I was doing.  I have heard collectors refer to this iron as "The Lamb", but what is actually marked on the base is "Mfd by Imperial Brass Mfg. Co. Chicago".  It's in really nice condition and will shine with just a light cleaning.

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Marvel Patented Fuel IronMilwaukee "Marvel" Patented Fuel Iron  This is a neat looking antique liquid fuel iron that shows some resemblance to the Sun Mfg. Co. gas iron.  This iron also has that distinctive horizontal fuel tank.  It says on it that it was manufactured in Milwaukee by A.J.L. CH Co. and there is also the word "gasoline" stamped into the screw-on fuel tank cap.  There is an interesting lever that releases the tank and burner assembly.  The iron is in super condition and will clean up nicely with just some fine steel wool.  This is one you'll be proud to have on display!

Good . . . . .   SOLD



Natural Gas IronPatent Applied For Natural Gas Iron Marked "Wright"  There is no pretense about this iron.  Just a simple design, clean good looks, and probably did the job every bit as good as irons costing twice the price.  From the way the writing is inscribed it looks to be of early manufacture.  It's in great condition with lots of nickel plating remaining and will clean up to display well.

Good . . . . . SOLD







Brano Natural Gas Iron w/ Gas Burner TrivetBrano Natural Gas Iron w/ Gas Burner Trivet   There is some damage to the handle, but it is otherwise a nice iron and one that is seldom found complete with its burner trivet!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!





Self-Heating Gas Heated FlatironImperial Self-Heating Gas Heated Flatiron  This iron hails from Chicago and is marked "Pat Appld For".  It is complete with its tank pressurizer.  This iron will clean up real nicely to be bright and shiny.  It's a little dirty and there is some surface corrosion, but there is actually a whole lot of original nickel plating remaining.

Good . . . . .  SOLD





Montgomery Wards Gas IronMontgomery Wards Gas Iron  Don't need a box.  This one is in a bit lesser condition.

Good . . . . .   SOLD







IWANTU Natural Gas IronStrausse Gas Co. "IWANTU" Natural Gas Iron  This natural gas iron hails from a manufacturer in Philadelphia, PA.  The lengths that makers went to in order to come up with catchy names to entice consumers during this era is matched only by those of today!

Good . . . . .  SOLD






Antique Gas Pressing IronHumphrey Patent Antique Natural Gas Iron   I imagine the patent on this one was for the unusual shape of the heat shield and the ergonometric handle.  Different than most!

Very Good  . . . . . . SOLD!





Antique Gas Pressing IronColt Carbide Gas Flatiron   A lot of people think this iron was produced by the famous gunsmith, but according to Esther Berney it was not.  Same name, different maker. 

There is a minor break in a portion of the gas line that is inside of the rear housing, but it does not show when the gas line is screwed in.

Very Good . . . . . .   SOLD!



Tilley English Enamel Gas ironTilley English Enamel Gas Iron   This one is so ugly it's cute!

Good  . . . . . .  SOLD!







Antique Gas Pressing IronAmerican Gas Machine Co. Side Tank Gas Iron   This side tank gas iron hails from Albert Lee, MN and was made by the American Gas Machine Co.  This one is in super condition and is marked "Pat Appd For", which I assume indicates it was an earlier version.  Where to put the tank seemed to present a problem or challenge for the different makers, and this firm decided that on the side was a good solution.  I am not sure if they made a left and right version.  Something to watch for!!!

Very Good   . . . . . .  SOLD!




Antique Gas Pressing IronFeldmeyer Style Liquid Fuel Iron   This was a popular design iron in its day.  They can be found in a variety of sizes and having different features or tank shapes.  This example is in particularly nice condition.  Collect them all!

Good   . . . . . .  SOLD!






Antique Sad / Pressing IronAntique Green Coleman Gas Iron   

Good . . . . . .   SOLD!






Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesUnusual Gas Iron   This one is a beauty! 

Good  + . . . . . .  SOLD!





Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesRare "La Rue Nu Styl" Weighted Iron Iron   Complete with the auxiliary weight, which converts the iron from a 6 pounder to an 8 pounder.  Very unique design! 

Good  + . . . . . .    SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesPrometheus Revolving Gas Iron   This is a great looking design for an iron.

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesWire Cage Gas Iron   This is a great looking design for an iron. Show them the asbestos through the wire mesh cage.  It is also very rare.

There is a short story to go with it.  A few years back we catalogued an auction for an outfit in preparation for their iron auction.  We did that, and cataloged this iron for that auction.  Long story short, the auction was postponed. The auction company moved.  A year later they held the auction and this was not in it.  Who knows what it would have bought in that venue or why it was not sold that day.  The rest of the auction was a disaster save a few key pieces. We were there and bought about 10% of the volume for 50% of the total.  They were almost giving the others away near the end.   Those irons that were not cataloged, or did not sell were later auctioned as a lot somewhere, sometime I never heard about.  About a year later I was at a flea market and a storage unit dealer had several hundred irons out.  $20.00 / choice.  I think he sold about 2 that day.  This one to me.  It resides in Romania now.  There is one or more morals in there if you can figure it out.

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!




www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesMinty Nice Feldmeyer Patent Alcohol Travel Iron w/ Case  Check out all the paperwork.  It appears it was given as a gift prior to the recipient's vacation on the first class cruise ship "Minnitonka" in 1903.  A great piece of history.   Very complete and minty nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!




Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesGross Star #3 Natural Gas Iron   More frequently found in the larger tailor's size.  Tough to find this nice, and in this size.

Fine. . . . . .   SOLD!







www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesStuart Mfg. Natural Gas Tailor Iron   Patented, big and heavy! 

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!







www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesVesuv Gas Jet Irons   Note the long porpoise-like noses on these.  This is an unusual variation of the Vesuv you typically find, and the condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .   SOLD!





Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsAmerican Gas Machine Co. Black Enamel Gas Iron     This company hailed from Albert Lea, MN and was one of Coleman's chief competitors.  The pressure pump for the gas is in the handle, and the tank functions as a trivet to allow the iron to be set upright on end when not in use.  Pretty slick!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD!





Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron Sales#67 American Gas Machinery Co. Cream Colored Enamel Gas Iron   This Minnesota company was Coleman's main competitor.

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsPatented Imperial Self Heating Gas Iron     I just love them when they are in this condition.  You'll never have to upgrade!!

Very Good . . . . . . SOLD!







Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsCenter Mount Fuel Tank Gas Iron #1     I've seen this style marked with patent dates and the name "Standard".  This must be an earlier version as it is just marked "Pat Apl'd For".  You'll love the condition!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD!






Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsA. Kenrick & Sons Mint Green Enameled Natural Gas Iron     This is another oddball gas iron where the fuel line goes right through the handle.  The body is a pretty mint green color.  Nice!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD! 





Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsPatent Applied For Gas Iron w/ Gauge     I imagine the idea was to help you pump up the fuel tank pressure to the proper level.  Makes you wonder how people had been managing to get it right all those years before the gauge was added.  Unique!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD!




Patented-Antiques.com Sells Antique IronsBlue and Black Enamel Clark's Stove Co. Ltd. Natural Gas Iron     This is an English natural gas iron called the Fairy Prince.  Complete with it's matching trivet!!

Very Good . . . . . .  SOLD!





Patented Antiques.com Sells Antique Irons"Wama" Feldmeyer Patent Liquid Fuel Iron    The condition is super, and it even has the often missing fuel tank lid with primer cup. Very nice!!

Fine  . . . . .  SOLD!




Patented Antiques.com Sells Antique Irons"New Leader" Gas Sad Iron    This is an unusual gas iron with a cylindrical fuel tank that required you lay the iron on its side to fill.  Be sure to check all the pictures to see how it comes apart and what the burner inside looks like.  Very different!!

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Good  . . . . .  SOLD!



Meeker's www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesDeco Style Gas Iron   The fuel tank pump is in the handle.  Ready for take-off!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!






Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesHowler Mfg. Co. / Montgomery, Alabama Revolving Liquid Fuel Alcohol Iron   I believe this is the only known example of this iron.  Nor do I know of any other antique irons hailing from the state of Alabama.  The Howler name and location are boldly cast on the cast iron heat shield.  The heat shield is attached to the handle in such a manner that it revolves with the handle when revolved. 

Wesley E. Cochran was granted a patent for this design in 1909.  The patent number is 948,982.  The patent mainly describes the burner and the use of alcohol as the fuel to better heat pressing irons.  The patent drawing of the burner and valve is a bit different from the tank on this iron.  The patent shows a controlling valve as part of the design, and the patent specifically states that the tank is not shown in the patent drawings.  This iron was originally found without the burner valve assembly and tank, and so some artistic license was taken when this tank was made.  There was also a repair to the thumb latch.

Cochran was granted a number of other patents for lighting devices, including one for a combination light and license plate holder---for carriages and before batteries became commonplace no doubt. 

A rare and interesting iron that has a great look!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $1995.00     SOLD!



Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesAlcomatic Dual Burner Liquid Fuel Iron   This unusual iron was granted a patent in 1923.  It hails from a company in Hamilton, Ohio.  Its claim to fame is the 2-burner design, each with a separate valve.  The twin burner design must have been a dumb idea as very few examples of this iron have turned up!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $495.00     SOLD!






Meeker's Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad Iron SalesENZ Liquid Fuel Pressing Iron   This is a rare and interesting German liquid fuel iron that dates from the early 1900s.  It has a unique shaped tank.  But what is really unusual is the cast iron heat shield that has heat range settings from 1- 4 on both sides, allowing you to "adjust" the temperature.  This iron is very graphic, and very few are known except in one or two major collections.  It's rated a 13 in Dave Iron's book!   Highly recommend!!

Very Good . . . . . .  $495.00     SOLD!

 

 


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