Sad Iron Collecting

SeanD

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I was just wondering if anyone else collects them, and trivets? Im new to Sad Irons, but Im liking it. I have one for now, going to keep my eye out for more. Any thoughts?
 

Jody M

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There are definitely collectors of both. I have sold several trivets to collectors on Facebook groups. From my experience, sad irons don't have a lot of value, in general. I'm sure there are some valuable ones, just like any other collectible.
 

SeanD

Member
I just thought Id collect Wapak sad iron, as I love all Wapaks. I have NO rational reasoning other than I like the defects.......If that makes sense? Every one is unique!
 
I have three sad irons. I picked a couple up less than $5 at thrift shops and I got one from a friend in a bundle deal. I also have a small kerosene operated sad iron heater. It has a wick like a modern kerosene heater. They aren’t very valuable because every house had at least two. One would be heating up while you used the other one. I see several at every antique shop. I also have a couple of oval shaped cast iron pans that are listed as Sad Iron pans but mine has pour spouts so I call them long griddles. But I can’t confirm what they were sold as.
 

SeanD

Member
Thanks for the info....I currently have 3 also....2 unknow ones and a Wapak. Im going to try to get a set of them....I think they go from #2 to #8?
 

SeanD

Member
As a side question, is there an actual name for this sad iron, or do you call it a Sad Iron? It has a removable wood handle . Thank you.
 

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Karl R

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I started collecting some different styles of them. But, I don’t know if I want to expand the collection. I’m kind of satisfied having some of each variety. I have the traditional type, gas powered and charcoal powered. I think they’re pretty cool. I want to use them… but not on my clothes lol.
 

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Karl R

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As a side question, is there an actual name for this sad iron, or do you call it a Sad Iron? It has a removable wood handle . Thank you.

I believe the wooden handle was designed to swap it onto a hot iron when that one got cool. It could take a long time to iron linens. It’s still a sad iron, sad meaning heavy in old English. One of my irons was made with asbestos. It was thought to contain the heat better.
 

SeanD

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Thanks for the replies and the picture. I want to collect a few as a hobby. One good thing is they are usually fairly cheap, lol.
 

BetseyT

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From a New York Times article, "A Glimpse Inside the Workshops of the World’s Finest Panama Hat Makers" (July 2020)
 

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SeanD

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Thanks for the pic! Im trying have a wood burning stove in my house soon, and I may actually try to use one. Im a Newbie at any kind of ironing tho, lol..
 
Over on the ADV cast iron cooking thread one guy got the idea to use one he had been using as a door stop as a bacon and burger press. All it needed was some cleaning up. Others followed suit.
 
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