Antique Cast Iron Crimping or Pleating Roller Iron Wooden Handle North Brothers Manufacturing Co Philadelphia PA
Description: A great antique, circa 1880s, ironing implement. This is the cast iron fluter used for pleating and crimping material. It is made of cast iron and has a corrugated surface sitting on a cast iron painted base with four feet. The corrugated surface is hinged and closes a compartment which contains a heavy rectangular cast iron plate. The enclosed rectangle of cast iron can be heated then inserted back into the compartment resulting in the corrugated surface becoming hot. There is also a roller with corrugation that can be heated separately on a stove and then both the hot roller and the heated corrugated surface can be used to pleat or crimp material. The roller has a wooden handle. The sides of the base are painted in black with a green decorative line. See page 60 of Kathryn McNerney's book "Antique Iron, Identification and Values" published by Collector Books of Paducah, KY in 1984, for a similar example albeit with a metal handle. A great piece to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely 1880s through 1890s.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The piece was manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Size: Base measures 7" by 4". The roller iron is ~3" wide and ~7" long including the handle. This is a very substantial item weighing over 4 1/2 pounds.
Maker: North Brothers Manufacturing Company.
Marks: The base is marked on the bottom with raised lettering "NORTH BROS MFG CO; PHILADA.PA.U.S.A."
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a very nice antique, which is rather rare and very seldom comes by. This is really a substantial piece weighing over four and half pounds. A very nice antique which would make a great addition to your collection. Condition: It is in excellent condition, with no breaks, cracks, repairs or losses. It does show minimum wear, some soiling, and some spots of surface rust especially in the grooves and the heating plate. There are minor losses to the painted sides of the base. There is also remnants of old labels on the wooden handle and the bottom of the base. Other than that the piece is in great shape and looks great. Please see photo for additional condition information.