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The Beetall Manufacturing Company produced gas and box (coal or slug) pressing irons as well as iron rests (also known as trivets or stands). Its foundry was located in West Bromwich, located about 6.4 miles northwest of their headquarters in Birmingham, England.
Circa 1903 advertising for the Beetall Manufacturing Company.
What a wonderful design! Note the oval brass medallion with the imagery of a lion reclining atop a globe of the Earth. There’s a single cleated foot at one end and a hole for hanging at the other. The scalloped edging can be seen in the other images. This gas iron rest is unsigned on the reverse and there are no visible casting marks.
● Measures 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ with a 2 1/8″ high front cleat.
● Weighs 1 pound 3 ounces.
● Some of the original black Japanned finish remains.
● Iron rest: British Registered Design (Rd) Number of 349247 for 1900.
● From the advertisement: “Elevated at Point. Result: Great Toe Heat, Essential in Gas Irons. BY USING THIS REST, An iron assumes a proper position without setting.”
● Note: The Beetall Mfg. Co. made another gas iron rest of similar design, labeled THE CROWNALL.
Rd and Patented numbers on the brass medallion refer to the gas iron only.
Beetall Gas Iron atop its companion Gas Iron Rest.
The Beetall Flue Draught Gas Iron was the company’s lowest priced and best selling gas iron of its type, featuring a turned chimney with a single post handle. It was fueled by natural gas via an intake line; the products of combustion escaped through the chimney. Note that the rest and iron share the same brass medallion.
● Measures 6 1/4″ long and 6″ to top of handle.
● Weighs 6 pounds 9 ounces.
● On the medallion: Rd Number 266304 for 1896, the registration date for the gas iron.
● On the medallion: British Patent Number 2837/96 for the gas iron, assigned to C. Kirby on February 3, 1896.
● From the advertisement: “Easy, Hot and Handy. The well known Patent Flue Draught Gas Iron. Price Right. The Cheapest. Perfectly Clean. Complete Combustion. Light Concussion. Will not light back while in use.”