The "Swan on Swan" Barnes slug iron is the single most desirable and sought after of all American patented irons! It is such a great piece that its true value and appeal is not limited to just iron collectors; it extends to Americana and Folk Art collectors who want only the best and rarest of pieces.
The smaller swan at the rear acts as the latch to open the iron. It works properly, and is a nicely detailed aspect as well. The iron opens to reveal the original slug.
Marked BARNES PAT DEC. 11,1877; lettering is under handle. Length = 7 1/2".
Photo courtesy of Larry & Carole Meeker, Meeker's Mechanical Nature Antiques
See also: Irons-Patent Models for the original Barnes "Swan on Swan" patent model.