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Several sizes of an ironing stand mounted on a slate base were produced for home and commercial use. These two images of a version labeled SIMPLEX PATENT are shared by iron collector George Kyle of Napier, New Zealand. George posts on social media as Esk Ironz, which also happens to be the name of his iron museum.
This metal stand with a slate base is documented on page 240 of the 1990 reference book Trivets & Stands and is rated as commonly found. From that reference:
Iron/Slate, 7 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 1 5/16 (inches), 2 lbs 7 oz. On face, Simplex Patent. Five-sixteenths inch top front guide with 3 guide cleats on right rail and 2 guide cleats on left rail of platform. Nickel finish.
Research reveals that this was actually a stand for an electric iron. The word SIMPLEX PATENT refers not to the stand itself but to its patented attachment. US Patent No. 1,116,004 was granted on November 3, 1914 to inventor James I. Ayer. The assignee was the Simplex Electric Heating Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts of which Ayer was Manager.
By adding the patented detachable spring frame, an upside-down hot iron could be held “to accept a cup, pot or any other device whose contents it is desired to heat.”
The scarcity of the spring frame suggests it was neither popular or practical. The only complete Simplex Patent iron with frame I’m aware of was sold at a Proxibid auction in 2009.