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Object ID # 1956.013.005
Object Name Iron, Fluting
Title Double-Barrelled Gauffering Iron (Crimping Iron) Stand
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown manufacturer
Place of Origin Likely England?
Description A brown double fluting iron holder on a three-legged stand. The iron holders are shaped like test tubesm and they are attached to the stand at their middles. They are positioned at 90 degrees to one another and they are both positioned horizontally on the stand.
This is a cast iron, double-barrelled gauffering iron (goffering iron). The central shaft of the stand is formed like a baluster, terminating in a drop finial on the bottom. The three legs are all S-curved, flattish, and two of them have a rectangular foot. At the top there are two, horizontally-tubular barrels, wherein heated lugs would be inserted to heat them up. The top barrel is 2 cm in diameter, while the bottom barrel is 2.3 cm in diameter. They are placed at opposing angles to each other. The barrels are attached to a cast tripod base by a bolt, which allows the top of the stand to swivel. There is no maker's mark present. It is likely a Victorian (mid-19th-century?) gauffering iron, or older?
Makers mark None
Provenance Mrs. Gibson had told her daughter that the "crimping iron", as she called it, had been found in her mother's house when it was purchased.
Therefore, the crimping iron had belonged to Mrs. Brown of Priceville (she was also known as "Granny Brown").
This is a 19th-century gauffering iron.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Iron
Found Priceville, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Gibson, Christina
Subjects Ironing
Search Terms Priceville
Function Victorian women wore house bonnets that often had ruffles that needed to be ironed, one ruffle at a time. The women wore their house bonnets all day long, so they would likely have had a couple of them, so that one could be worn while the other(s) were laundered and pressed.

This device is for ironing individual crimps in a woman's white house bonnet. They were sometimes called "crimping irons" in Grey County. Victorian women wore house bonnets all day long, and therefore needed to refresh the neatness of the ruffles of their bonnets. This gauffering iron stand would have had two long-handled, cigar-shaped metal lugs, that would be heated externally in a fireplace. One would be heating up, while the other one was in use. The woman would stick one lug into a barrel, and the heat would make the barrel hot enough for her to iron a crimp in her ruffle (she would hold the bonnet ruffle area to be crimped around the barrel with her hands). The bonnet fabric usually was laundered and dried and perhaps starched before she ironed the ruffles. In earlier times, in England and Europe, gauffering irons were used for making the crimps in neck ruffs.