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Object ID # 1959.023.009
Object Name Iron, Tailor's
Title Tailor's Iron
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown foundry
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a 24 pound tailor's iron (also known as a tailor's goose). It is an all-iron item. The "24" emboss-cast on the top is a weight reference. The handle is wrought iron, with twists. The front end of the iron is pointed, while the heel end is straight. The body of the iron was cast. There is no foundry identification present, however.
Makers mark Only emboss-cast with "24" [= 24 pounds]
Provenance The tailor's iron was formerly used in Owen Sound, Ontario, in the 19th-century.

Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Cast Iron
Dimensions H-18.3 W-6.7 L-26.7 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Butchart, George Webster
Function Tailors or dressmakers often needed to press heavy fabric seams and a heavily-weighted, narrow-shaped iron was especially good for this task. This sort of iron was too heavy for other fabrics and was not intended for all over ironing work. This type of iron would be heated on a stove, and likely would have had a rag or cloth pad held against the handle as the ironer lifted it, to protect his or her hand from the heat.