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Goffering iron

Goffering iron

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W. Hitchcock & Co. (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought and cast iron with stamped base

  • Museum number:

    M.147-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Goffering iron of wrought and cast iron with maker's mark 'W. Hitchcock & Co' stamped inside base. The stem is wrought, the remainder is cast.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

W. Hitchcock & Co. (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought and cast iron with stamped base

Object history note

The goffering or 'tally' iron (the latter a corruption of 'Italian iron' after the country from which they were introduced in the early 17th century) was used to make ruffles, frills and flounces in starched linen. The barrel was heated by inserting a red-hot bar of iron like a poker. The linen was grasped in both hands and pressed over the hot barrel making a semi-circular crimp.

Descriptive line

Goffering iron, wrought and cast iron with maker's mark stamped inside, England, ca. 1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Glissman, A. H. The Evolution of the Sad-Iron. California, 1970.

Labels and date

GOFFERING-IRON, wrought and cast iron, England; c.1850
Maker's mark of W. Hitchcock & Co stamped inside base.

The stem is wrought, the remainder cast. The goffering or 'tally' iron (the latter a corruption of 'Italian iron' after the country from which they were introduced in the early 17th century) was used to make ruffles, frills and flounces in starched linen. The barrel was heated by inserting a red-hot bar of iron like a poker. The linen was grasped in both hands and pressed over the hot barrel making a semi-circular crimp.

Gift of R. Linstead
Museum No. M.147-1919 [07/1994]

Materials

Wrought iron; Cast iron; Material

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Casting; Stamping; Technique

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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