Antique Cast Iron Silvester's Patent Slater S No. 5 Sadiron With Hollow Handle
Description: Antique cast iron sadiron or sad iron. This is the Silvester's Patent Slater S Number 5 sad iron and is an all metal teardrop shaped with a metal hollow handle. The handle design, which was the basis for the patent, represented a break through at the time (mid to late 1800s) since it made it cooler than other irons with metal handles. The teardrop shaped iron is made of cast iron and is marked on top of the base with the maker's mark and the number of the iron. The piece is marked on top with raised lettering as to the maker "Silvester's Patent" the word "Salter" curved above what looks like a pretzel having an arrow through it and the letter "S" in the middle. It also shows the iron as being number 5. The iron has a flat surface on the bottom, which looks to have had quite a bit of use, lost its shine and shows rust spots along the edge. This is a beautiful antique in great condition, which would display nicely in your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely mid to late 1800's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The base of the iron measures ~6 1/8" by ~3 5/8" and is ~1 1/4" high. The entire piece is ~4 1/2" at its highest. The iron weighs over four pounds and thirteen ounces.
Maker: Silvester Salter Pty Ltd.
Marks: Marked in raised lettering on top of the iron "Silvester's Patent" the word "Salter" curved above what looks like a pretzel having an arrow through it and the letter "S" in the middle. It also shows the iron as being number 5.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Just a very nice and heavy antique sadiron, and this one truly is since it is shaped as a teardrop, which would be a very nice addition to your collection..
Condition: Iron is in very good condition given its age and utilitarian function. It has no breaks or repairs. The iron itself has some discoloration, is lightly soiled, has some stains, and shows a few rust spots especially along the edges of the base. Finally, the piece has wear commensurate with its age and use. The entire piece has minor scratches and nicks, which can be seen in the photos. Be that as it may, this is a great piece to add to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.