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Past Sales Archive

This is just a sample of the many antique pressing irons we have sold.
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Special Note Concerning Iron Prices: Sad Irons / Pressing Irons Prices are evolving:
After  20 years of steady increases in values, which culminated in a bubble burst, iron prices have now settled back to levels of the past.

Prices seen reflect actual recent sale results from this website or a general price that is more in line w/ today's market.
Irons pictured without prices represent earlier sales whose sale results are outdated and do not accurately reflect current market values. 
Ebay results closely reflect current market values for many sad irons.  Check eBay completed / SOLD results to see current values for many antique irons.

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Acorn Gas Sad IronAcorn Mfg. Co. "Tank in the Handle" Gas 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" 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!  Given how few of these irons are found I would guess it was not a huge marketing success. 

This example is in very nice condition.  There are a few minor chips in the black enamel finish, which do not distract and are hardly noticeable.  Like every other one of these irons I have ever seen there is a small amount of soot on the underside of the handle, which must have been inherent in the way it was designed---and I imagine many women simply stopped using them after the first flare up, which just adds another layer of desirability to the story of these unusual and rare irons.  What I haven't ever seen before on the other hand is the original parts list / instruction sheet / directions for operating which is included with this iron.  My favorite part of it reads: "After following the directions given and you find that you are still unable to secure satisfactory results, do not become discouraged.........as the irons are correct in mechanical construction, and it may be some little trifling trouble that must be overcome.

Good . . . . .   SOLD



The Grand Jewel Gas Iron  There is no way of knowing who the manufacturer of this good-looking fuel iron was, but the name "Grand Jewel" is boldly cast into the top in fancy letters with a five-point star in-between the words.   The rear-mounted tank is offset to one side and has a decorative wing nut-style screw cap.  Another wing nut provides the release for the top.  The wooden handle was obviously modeled from a Mrs. Potts type sadiron.  There is one small apology in the form of a small ding in the gas tank, but this is one of those gas irons with great eye-appeal and one that is sure to become one of your favorites!

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Coleman No. 5 Green Enamel Gasoline Iron Coleman No. 5 Green Enamel Gasoline Iron  According to Carol and Jimmy Walker's research on the history of the Coleman Company, the Model 5 was made between 1930 and 1932 and was the last of the torch-lighting non-pressurized Coleman irons.  This example, which features the elongated ball-shaped nickel plated tank, is in nice overall condition.  There are a few chips in the enamel which you can see in the photos but it still looks good overall, and this one has its original wrench included.

Good . . . . .   SOLD





Coleman Gas IronColeman No. 1 Gasoline Iron  The Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas manufactured over 30 different models of iron over the their long production period. The Coleman No. 1, the first iron to bear the Coleman name, was manufactured around 1924 according to longtime iron collectors and researchers Carol and Jimmy Walker.  Obviously in those early days the company had no idea of what was to come in terms of successive models---although this model has become known as the Coleman No.1 the iron is not marked with the model number but simply says "The Coleman Iron".  This example is complete with its wrench, trivet, and original instructions.

Good . . . . .   SOLD



Gas Iron with Bell Shaped TankUnusual Gas Iron with Bell Shaped Tank  This unusual iron is unmarked thus it's maker remains a mystery.  The unique shape of its rear-mounted tank with its decorative wing nut screw-top gives it a most distinctive look.  The release latch at the front end of the iron, which allows for the removal of the top, reveals the nicely dovetailed construction design that holds the top to the base at the back end.  Another unusual design feature is the use of the pronged pieces that enable the handle assembly to stand up off the iron top to provide an effective means of heat dissipation far superior to the more typical asbestos solution.  I don't believe this iron is pictured in the iron books, and it is not one that I have ever previously had the opportunity to own.  Here's your chance to make it yours!

Good . . . . .  SOLD



Noel Self-Heating Fuel IronNoel Self-Heating Fuel Iron  John S. Noel of Grand Rapids, Michigan got his name on this liquid fuel iron, which shares the same Feb. 28, 1911 patent date as several other gas irons of the same exact design.  Obviously a situation where one company sold the rights to manufacture it to another, and then another, not unlike the bank I used to deal with that changed their name so many times in one year that it used to make me wonder who really had my money!  The condition of this iron guarantees you a good investment!

Good . . . . .   SOLD




E-Z Sad Iron Gas IronE-Z Sad Iron Gas Iron  This liquid fuel iron is boldly marked "E-Z Sad Iron Hydrocarbon" and features a round rear-mounted fuel tank.  Research uncovered by Carol & Jimmy Walker indicates that was manufactured by the Enterprise Tool & Metal Works of Chicago, IL in the late 'teens, and is the "progenitor" of The Coleman Company's early "Hydro-Carbon" iron.  The  condition of this example is fine, and it's one that will add variety to your fuel iron collection.

Good . . . . .  SOLD





F. Shaw Patent Gas Jet IronW. F. Shaw's Patent Gas Jet Iron  Though at first glance it looks like just another sadiron, closer examination reveals a more complex design.  The body of this iron is unusually thick, and there is an opening in the back end that opens up to a hollow cavity within. There are two channels on either side of the cavity walls which are vented to the outside, as you can see by the slots on the top side of the base.  Gas jet irons were made to be heated by inverting them over a wall-mounted gas outlet, and were marketed as a cleaner alternative to the blackened soot that was inevitable when irons were heated on the stovetop.  This iron is clearly marked with a nice early patent date of Sept. 1 1857.

Good . . . . .   SOLD





Logansport Indiana Liquid Fuel Iron"Victor" Logansport Indiana Liquid Fuel Iron  This handsome gas iron looks to have seen little if any use on the ironing board judging from the condition, and it exhibits several noteworthy features.  The manufacturer's name and location is boldly and clearly cast into the top, along with the words "Pat Appld For".  Beneath that a brass tag was applied by what appears to have been the iron's distributor or marketing company stating that it is guaranteed by the "Munybak" (as in money-back) Company of Bluffton, Indiana.  I have a feeling they might not be in business anymore, but I will honor that guarantee and you can send it back to me for a full refund if you don't like the operation of this iron!   With nearly all of the nickel plating remaining I know you won't have any complaints about the condition.

Good . . . . .   SOLD




Patented Front Tank Fuel IronEarly Patented Front Tank Fuel Iron  Here is an example of a unusual fuel iron that is not pictured in any of the available reference material on antique irons.  It is boldly marked under the heat shield with a patent date of July 11, 1893, one of the earliest patent dates for a liquid fuel iron that I am aware of.  It features the design and construction that was initially used with the first gasoline irons, where the fuel tank is mounted at the front end of the iron, somewhat obstructing the ironer's view.  This was a common problem with early fuel iron design that was to be improved upon by moving the tank to the back end of the iron in the decades that followed the turn-of-the-century.  But in these early years that was yet to be figured out.  This iron is in outstanding original condition and a great looking example a yet-to-be researched iron patent.

Good . . . . .  SOLD




Patented Rear Tank Gas IronPatented Rear Tank Gas Iron  This iron is in outstanding original condition and a great looking example 

Good . . . . .  SOLD







Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesVesuv  Long Handle Decorated Gas Jet Iron   The decoration makes this a great looking iron, and it's in outstanding condition.

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!







Patented-Antiques Antique Pressing Iron SalesGas Powered Tailors Iron   It's big, it's unmarked, it has been refinished, and it looks great!

Fine. . . . . .  SOLD!







Meeker's Pateneted-Antiques / Antique SadIron SalesTilley Gas Iron   This is marked on the top.  Most Tilleys that you find are finished in enamel.  I have never seen this chrome plated version before, have you?   Unusual and in outstanding condition!!

Fine . . . . . . SOLD!






Meeker's Pateneted-Antiques / Antique SadIron SalesSUN IRON by Modern Specialties of South Bend Indiana     This iron has a 1909 patent date on it.  Electricity and electric irons may have made it to the cities and nearby population centers, but out in the country in states like Indiana other forms of power were still king, and electricity to every home was just a thought.  Gas irons like this still had an audience and consumer base in places out in the country.  This gas iron is in super condition!!

Fine . . . . . .   SOLD!





Meeker's Pateneted-Antiques / Antique SadIron SalesWhite Coleman Gas Iron     This is a re-creation.  White is a color I have never seen before on a Coleman iron.  Close examination would lead one to think it has been re-enameled.  A one-of-a-kind that looks fine and will make for a nice addition to the otherwise complete collection.  Unique!

Fine . . . . . .   SOLD!





Meeker's Pateneted-Antiques / Antique SadIron SalesTilley Gas Iron   These futuristic design gas irons have a great look and shape that is all their own!

Fine . . . . . .   SOLD!

 





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesHatters Natural Gas Iron  The only marks on this are on the gas fitting on the tail.  There is patent info, and a swastika which probably meant good luck as opposed to it having anything to do with the German version that came later.  Has a beveled toe on the sole.  Different and nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesLamb Gas Iron   Very unusual and the condition is very nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!







www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesModel 538 Liquid Fuel / Gas Iron   This piece is in great condition as in mint never fired. The only marking is under the handle where it says Model #538.  English---maybe. Very nice---definitely!

Excellent . . . . . .   SOLD!






www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesGreen Enamel Natural Gas Iron   This is an unusual English natural gas iron in very nice condition.   The green enamel coating is near perfect!

Good + . . . . . . SOLD!







www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesPatented Fletcher, Russell & Co. English Natural Gas Iron   The design has a lot of different features.  It is a natural gas iron with a chimney and heat shield.  Both the heat guard and the chimney are marked with the maker's name and patent info.  The condition is super nice!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!




www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesCanadian Coleman 615 Gas Iron   How often do you see this model?  I like the way the tank just kind of grows out of the back of the handle.  Different!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!






Improved Easy Liquid Fuel IronLiquid Fuel Gas Iron   This iron is called The Improved Easy. 

Good  + . . . . . .   SOLD!





www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesJohnson C P & R Natural Gas Sad Iron   This natural gas iron is very nice and an iron I have not had before.  Note that it is taller than the typical varieties.  The casting and condition are super.  It hails from Racine, Wisconsin.  Highly recommend!!

Good + . . . . . .  SOLD!





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This is just a sample of the many antiques & collectibles we have sold.
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For further info on consigning / selling your antiques with us please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages.

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