We love vintage cast-iron only half as much as we love old salesman's samples, and this tiny iron is no exception.
Items like this cast-iron clothing iron would have been carried around by salesman and used for displays or demonstrations. This proved much easier (and lighter) than carrying the full-sized cast-iron object.
This beauty was manufactured by the Round Oak Stove Company.
The Company was founded in Michigan in 1871, and specialized in full-size cast-iron stoves.
While the name's origin is unknown, it is theorized that the first stoves were round and could hold a whole section of oak wood in the fire pot.
The Round Oak Stove Company is rich in history and its influence in Michigan.
The mini clothing-iron is rendered in nice detail and features a rich, dark patina throughout. Its handle shows a cross-hatched detail while each side features a cast-in manufacturer's mark.
One side reads "Round Oak" while the other reads "Stoves and Ranges".
The iron has a mottled, highly-textural finish typical of the era and commensurate with its age.
It is predominately black with a few touches of light rust here and there.
Overall, this little iron remains in great vintage condition. Perfect for the eclectic collector, this piece will add great warmth and vintage charm to any d©cor.
Measurements: 2 -3/8" tall, Base is 3-5/8" long and 1-3/4" at widest point Weight: 1 lb., 1 oz.