Iron, Goffering; Unknown manufacturer; 1880-1900; WY.1995.60.2


Iron, Goffering

About this object

Goffering irons (also known as Italian or tally irons) were developed to iron frilled cuffs, collars and other trimmings like ribbons. The device was popular during the Victorian period due to the ornate nature of the clothing at that time. The process aimed to maintain the flounce, ruffle or shape of the trimmings and prevent them from being flattened, as would have occurred if a more standard sadiron was used.

The part pictured was typically accompanied by an iron poker-like rod, which was heated and then inserted into the cylinder. The piece of material to be goffered was then curled around the cylinder or moved across it to neatly crimp it or flatten it whilst maintaining the intended shape.


Unknown manufacturer

Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron

Inscription and Marks

On the underside of the base near the center are some raised areas which appear to have been a makers mark or brand, however, they are now too worn to read. There is also the phrase 'WY 95 60' written in white ink on the underside of the base.


h 197 mm x w 160 mm x d 110 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

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