Phase One of the Mary Balestri Collection was sold at auction on Thursday, July 12, 2018 preceding the 2018 PITCA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Auctioneer: Hartzell Auction Gallery. 

Balestri Auction: Thursday 7/12/18

(# 400) This very rare 12" Patent Model Pressing Iron sold for the second highest price at $4,750. ☆ This is a hollow point pressing iron that used the flame of a kerosene lamp to heat. Patent Model #222741 by Elirra A. Russell, Minneapolis, dated December 16, 1879, with the original patent tags tied with a red ribbon.