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Fluting iron

Object Number: 
N-34a-c
Date: 
1840-1900
Medium: 
Iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 6 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. ( 17.8 x 16.5 x 13.7 cm )
Description: 
Goffering iron consisting of cast hollow brass cigar-shaped part attached to brass stand, screwed on to raised cast iron circular base, painted red. The tube was heated by inserting metal poker-like rods, fresh from stove or hearth.
Gallery Label: 
According to the Nash inventory, this tool was used to iron frilled cuffs and collars, which could be curled round the cylinder, and other trimmings, like ribbons, were moved across it.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Provenance: 
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group