Siddons Box Iron.
A Victorian cast iron, box iron made by J and J Siddons of West Bromwich. The manufacturers mark is in the casting but, unusually, it is on the underside of the lid. You can see this in one of the images. In the casting on the top of the lid there is a patent number and this would date the iron to the last quarter of the 19th century. Inside the iron is a shaped, cast iron brick which would have been put on the fire. This would then be returned to the iron in order to heat it. The lid of the iron locks into place via a handle on the side and there is a steel heat shield which stops the wooden handle, and your hand, from getting too hot. There is some wear to the wooden handle on the locking mechanism but other than that the piece is in very good condition.
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