Kevin Talks Irons

 
 

PITCA members Kevin and Kate McCartney live in Caribou, Maine. Together, they are producing a series of videos about iron collecting that can be found at Kevin Talks Irons on YouTube.

These videos feature Kevin talking about a wide variety of topics related to antique pressing irons, collecting, antiquing, and a few biographies of the more prominent iron inventors. It is intended to educate and entertain the avid collector, beginning collector, antique shop owner, pickers and novices alike. Each video is a mini lesson on a different topic about irons.

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Video Index by Topic

 
  1. Collecting & Buying: #1, 14, 20, 29, 38
  2. Researching and Patents: #21, 24, 26
  3. Foundries and Inventors: #25, 27, 36, 37, 40, 48, 49, 53
  4. Advertising & Trade Cards: #28, 43
  5. Flat Irons & Detachable Handle Irons: #2, 3, 9, 27, 48, 49, 51, 56
  6. Slug Irons: #4, 45,51, 56
  7. Coal & Liquid Fuel Irons #5, 6, 7, 8, 51, 53, 54, 55, 58 
  8. Special Purpose Irons: #10, 11, 12, 19, 22, 51
  9. Fluters: #15, 16, 17, 18, 51
  10. Small & Toy Irons: #42, 43, 44
  11. Standing Irons (mostly Goffering): #30, 31
  12. Travel & Electric Irons: #34, 35, 39
  13. Devices to Heat Irons: #23, 32, 33
  14. Mangles & Other Wooden Devices: #41
  15. Sad Iron Stands, aka Trivets: #13
  16. Auctions, Meetings, Collectors: #46, 47, 49, 50
  17. Rear-handled Irons: #52
  18. Demonstrations: #17, 22, 54, 55, 56, 58
  19. Original Packaging and Paperwork: #57

 

The Six Most Recent Videos

 

NEW! #58: Imperial Brass gasoline irons July 25, 2022

#57: Old Irons in (the Original) Boxes July 14, 2022

#56: Testing Ftat Irons vs Slug Irons June 30, 2022

#55: Using a Coal Iron in India May 15, 2022

#54 Firing Up the 1903 Monitor Gasoline Iron February 22, 2022

#53 Monitor & Royal (Gasoline) Sad Irons February 21, 2022

 

Prior Videos in the Series

 

#1 The Premiere This video is an introduction to the fascinating world of antique pressing irons. June 14, 2020

#2 The Humble Flat Iron 

#3 Detachable Handled Irons 

#4 Slug Irons European and American irons heated with removable slugs. 

#5 Coal Irons   

 

#6 Natural Gas Irons 

#7 Gas Jet Irons 

#8 Liquid Fuel Irons Examples from 1889 to the Coleman Irons of the 1960s.

#9 Tailor Irons (Gooses) 

#10 Polishing Irons 

 

#11 Sleeve & Seam Irons Long, narrow irons with a specific function.

#12 Hat Irons 

#13 Sad Iron Stands (Trivets) Kevin shares his substantial collection of flat iron & double pointed shaped sad iron stands

#14 Collecting Old Irons Kevin discusses his philosophy of collecting irons and the limits and focus of his own collection.

#15 Hand Fluters An exclusively American category of pressing irons.

 

#16 Machine Fluters Used to crimp fabrics for the fancy clothing of that era.

#17 Let's Go Fluting Kevin demonstrates how fluting irons were used, firing up three different types.

#18 Combination Fluters 

#19 Rotary (Rotating) Irons 

#20 Buying Old IronsTechniques and strategies for buying irons.

 

#21 Researching Old Irons Essential books & magazines for the collector's library.

#22 Millinery (Ball, Egg & Flower) Irons 

#23 Wood Stove Heaters for Old Irons Devices used to heat irons on cook stoves.

#24 Patents for Old Irons A basic introduction to the role patents played in the development of old irons.

#25 Foundries that Manufactured Old Irons

 

#26 Finding & Reading Old Iron Patents 

#27 Mrs. Florence Potts The American inventor of the cold-handled sad iron.

#28 Mrs. Potts Trade Cards 

#29 To The Auction! A guide to buying irons from a specialty auction.

#30 Standing Irons (mostly Goffers) The irons of old Europe, used to ruffle collars.

 

#31 Elite Goffers Some of the fanciest goffering irons auctioned in 2019 and 2020.

#32 Kerosene Stoves and the Sad Iron Heaters that love them A short tutorial on the history and variety of kerosene stoves.

#33 Natural Gas Sad Iron Heaters 

#34 Travel Irons 

#35 Electric Travel Irons 

 

#36 The Old Irons of Nelson R. Streeter was the inventor and marketer of the Sensible and Magic brands of irons.

#37 Susan R. Knox Creator of the American style of machine fluters.

#38 Top 10 Old Irons for the Beginning Collector The first 10 irons a beginning collector might search for.

#39 Electric Old Irons 

#40 Asbestos - Dover and Related Old Irons 

 

#41 Mangles and other Wooden Devices for Pressing Fabric 

#42 American Small and Toy Old Irons Learn the difference between a small iron, a toy, and a salesman's sample.

#43 Old Sad Irons as Advertising Learn how sad irons were used to promote goods and businesses.

#44 Old European Small Irons 

#45 Elite European Slug Irons These irons were included in the first William "Buck" Carson auction in July 2021.

 

#46 Live At The Auction You have a front row seat at the first Buck Carson Auction in 2021. 

#47 PITCA Meeting 2021 Join Kevin at the 2021 PITCA Convention and meet some of the club  members.

#48 Ober Sad Irons 

#49 Harper Irons 

#50 Documenting Your Collection 

 

#51 Twenty-five Categories of American Laundry Irons  

#52 Rear-handled Irons