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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Fortapache’s recent post of his old clothes iron jogged my memory about my own old iron, although mine is a feather weight in comparison.

    Mine was the childhood toy of my aunt, born in 1917. She died in 1951 a few days prior to my birth,; I was named after her and my dad put her Dover Dolly Iron away for me.

    It measures only a tad over 2.5 inches tall,
    The heavy cast iron “insert” part could have actually been heated on the stove just like the adult versions of irons were meant to do.
    The handle is made of wood to stay cool and the outer part latches on to the base.

    It’s a family treasure to me, an item linking me to an aunt I never knew.

    I do visit her grave periodically and recently enlisted my immediate family in a tombstone cleaning day. We cleaned 3 age-blackened tombstones that day, including hers and 2 of her siblings who had died as babies.

    Thanks for having a look. Comments welcomed.


    1. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 1 year ago
      Must have been used to iron doll clothes.
      Great Iron
    2. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 1 year ago
      Most cool ,,,Well good thing it isn’t Hot !
      it would be a ,, Burning pain in your hand
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Such a great story of where this toy iron came from. A really nice family treasure to pass along to the next generation.
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      MrStuff, yes…children got good practice using child-size versions of the real things. Thanks for the love and the comment. :^)

      MrVynil, a burning pain indeed! I imagine my aunt quickly learned an important lesson about heat. Thanks for the love and the comment.
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Thank you all for the loves!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      Gorgeous to see one of these now. A particular rare one in this child's size, a winner baby !~
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      PhilDMorris, you put a smile on my face. :^)
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Thanks for all the loves:
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      24 Loves! All are much appreciated!
    10. PHEOBE1980 PHEOBE1980, 1 year ago
      Hi Patricia!
      Eileen here. Been gone a while but I truly missed your posts! I came on as PHEOBE ( my Daughter's Siamese) and had just planned on commenting once in a while. Then Jenni "let the cat out of the bag" so to speak, but I don't care. It's me!
      When I first saw your post I thought of my Grandmother's irons. Imagine heating a cast iron "iron" (ha!) on a wood stove to get wrinkles out? She washed clothes with a funnel pump! My Grandmother was married in 1891, and had 15 children! My Father, the youngest, born 1919. How's Uno doing? And Miss Kitty? Mocha needs to go on a diet.. I weighed her yesterday.. 20.4 pounds! I think half of it is fur! Ha!
      Anyhoo, Thank you for loving my Ruby Red set! I was so happy to win that auction! See you around dear!
    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Eileen! So great to hear from you and know you’re OK and Mocha is thriving!
      Uno is usually his sweet self until he’s had enough love and attention from my toddler Great grandson, then he just might claw ME….but I’m not the one who pulled his tail and chased him!!
      MissKitty has lingering, possibly permanent, after-effects of an inner ear infection. She got proper treatment quickly but she holds her head at a very noticeable angle now. The Vet explained the inner ear workings of a cat as it relates to their equilibrium. With her head always cocked to one side at a rather uncomfortable looking angle, she feels like she has her equilibrium and is standing straight. Poor sweet baby. She’s not allowed outside anymore since her ability to defend herself probably isn’t so good now.

      Oh, I can only imagine 15 children! Probably born at home too! Such suffering she endured.
      My paternal grandmother “only” had 11.
      My maternal grandmother got off lightly with 6.

      I’ll be watching for more of your pretties.
      Thanks for letting me know you’re still here!
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      I’m honored to see all the LOVES….thanks to all 25 of you!
    13. Blueyecon Blueyecon, 1 year ago
      This is a cool item. I've not seen a child sized one that is so realistic and was probably usable and possibly did get used as children helped with multiple chores within the family, as they did it with pride.
    14. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Blueyecon, I agree with you 100%…it probably did get used by my aunt when she was a young child imitating and helping her mother.
      I’m so grateful that this one was saved for me by my dad.
      I’ve never seen another one either.
    15. Lata Lata, 6 months ago
      This is really cool, love it!
    16. Laurabelle61 Laurabelle61, 6 months ago
      What a wonderful treasure to have passed down to you, as well as the story that goes with it. Can you imagine how many hours it would take to iron clothing for a family of 15… No such thing as permanent press back then. Of course, that’s likely, after hauling the water by bucket, and scrubbing with a washboard, wringing out either by hand, or with the old fashion wringers and hanging out to dry. Can you just imagine people today doing that?
    17. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Thanks to all for your sweet comments and loves!

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