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Object ID # 1965.031.004
Object Name Iron, Fluting
Title Gauffering Iron
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown manufacturer
Place of Origin England? Britain?
Description This is the pedestal base and barrel of a gauffering iron set. The original handled lug (or pair of lugs) apparently was not given to the museum in 1965. The donor called it an Italian Fluting Iron, but they are usually known as gauffering irons or goffering irons. It has a tiered, round, pedestal-style cast metal base with S-curved shaft connecting to the barrel. The barrel is shaped somewhat like a test-tube, with a closed end and a lipped open end, positioned horizontally. This barrel is where one would insert a heated lug. The black paint or japanning? is chipped and worn in places. There is no maker's identification on the underside of the weighted base (it likely pre-dates the 1890s).
Makers mark None
Provenance Owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Cochrane who farmed at Lot 7, Concession 7, Derby Township Grey County, in the late 19th-century.

Passed down to their daughter, Jessie Cochrane.
Collection Household Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Iron/Japanning?
Found Derby Twp., Grey County, Ontario
People Cochrane, James
Function This item likely had two handled lugs with it originally. They would be externally-heated in a fireplace. The textile garment to be ironed with ruffles (usually white house bonnets) would be dampened and perhaps starched. One heated lug would be inserted into the barrel. The lady would use both hands to hold the fabric around the barrel, ironing one curve at a time. When the lug cooled, the second one could replace it, while the first one could be re-heated.