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W.R. Hatton & Sons, Ltd of London, England produced this very interesting cast iron stand in the 1890s. It was available in two versions, to support one or two pressing irons. Both stands are documented in my second trivet book The A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets (2010).
This first version supports a single iron. Cast iron, 10 1/4″ x 5 1/8″ with three large 1 1/4” paw feet.
On face: USE THE UNIVERSAL SATIN GLAZE STARCH & AMMONIATED SOAP POWDER. On reverse: Rd No. 250613 (for 1895). The center area held a non heat-conducting asbestos pad, which prevented the stand from conducting heat away from the iron. That kept the iron hotter, longer.
The second version supports two irons and measures 10′ x 5 1/8″ with four large 1 1/4” lion paw feet. On face: same legend as the single stand, plus the words W. R. HATTON & SONS. LTD. WORMWOOD SCRUBS LONDON. Two ovals held non heat conducting asbestos pads. On the reverse: an unusual, un-filed 3/4″ long x 3/4″ high wedge mark at the center. Rd No. 272029 (for 1896). Wormwood Scrubs was/is an inner London suburb.
Over the intervening years I sold both of these stands but have always kept an eye out for another. Recently I discovered a double Hatton stand on eBay UK but the listing stated “Does Not Ship to United States.” I emailed the Seller who agreed to open her auction to international bidders and I was the winner!
I received this stand in mint condition with the original asbestos pads intact. Now I better appreciate how it originally appeared and was meant to be used. A single hole in each pad accepts a screw and nut for attachment through the center stand openings. The measurements and description are the same as noted above. It weighs 2 pounds 5 ounces, without pads.
Since I’m unsure whether these asbestos pads might be still be hazardous to handle, I’ve removed them for display.