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Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

Purveyors of quality original antique 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century oak and country furniture, fine art and decorative period items

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07551 383897

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06/01/19 - January 2019 Opening Hours

The shop operates on reduced opening hours throughout January 2019.

We are open Saturdays only between 11 am and 4 pm.

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Late 18th Century / Early 19th Century English Antique Goffering Iron


So how can you iron waves of ruffles and keep the flounces without flattening them? One solution was a goffering iron, also called an Italian or tally iron. This was like a metal test tube set horizontally on a stand. (See images) The tube was heated by inserting a metal poker-like rod, fresh from the stove or hearth. Then frilled cuffs and collars could be curled round the cylinder, and other trimmings, like ribbons, were moved across it. Some Victorians took pride in a display of expertly-ironed ruffles, and the well-dressed baby often had a bonnet trimmed with "Italian-ironed double frills", as mentioned by Charlotte Brontë in 1849.

This charming example has been sourced from a private collection in East Anglia!

Condition - surface wear as per images.  Stand is sound.

A must for any collector of early metalware / social history collector.

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