I just received this in the post,
eBAY as usual, and cheap as chips.
The seller even emailed me
afterwards to check that I had seen the chip out of the horn!
Well... that's the least of the
As you can see the handle is
completely broken in a number of places and "repaired" in
one. That last "repair" is the most difficult part of the
I am keeping as much original
as possible and over the next few weeks I shall be posting
some of the tips and wrinkles I've picked up over the years
so that others may feel confident to restore a treasure back
to working condition.
This is no collector's piece
but it is quite an early example but it sure as heck ain't
gonna work as it is. Especially as the blunt iron was jammed
in with the cap iron on the bevel side of the beautiful old
Marples "Three Shamrocks" iron.