Don’t be sad–irons for everyone


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E.B. Cosby figural Steam Locomotive alcohol fuel iron.

RICHMOND, Mo. — Simmons and Company Auctioneers, Inc. of Richmond, Mo., is pleased to announce that it will offer the unbelievable iron collection of Sara and Wilbur Howell, Kenmore, Wash., at public auction Aug. 5-6, 2009. This fantastic event will be held at the Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel, 4277 W. 150th St., Cleveland, Ohio, in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America (PITCA).

Preview for the Howell Auction will be held on Aug. 4, 2009.

The Howells are long-standing PITCA members, and their collection of some 800 pieces represents over 40 years of diligent collecting. This two-day auction event includes a wide diversity of sizes, styles and descriptions and includes numerous rare and unusual irons, both small and full-sized, as Sara and Wilbur’s collection is exceptional and eclectic. Iron collectors of all categories will find something to take home from this sale.

In addition to the Howell collection, Simmons and Company Auctioneers is also proud to offer during Thursday’s auction one of the rarest, most unique and most unusual irons ever to cross the block: the E.B. Cosby figural Steam Locomotive alcohol fuel iron. Marked "E.B. Cosby" and "Pat. Oct 23, ’88 & Dec 17. ’89," this museum-quality piece is a once-in-a-lifetime find, as only two other examples of this iron are known to exist. Weighing in at 10 pounds, the complete iron is 9 inches long and 8 inches tall. The figural part of the iron, from cow-catcher to cab, is 8 1/2 inches long and is complete with 97 percent original black paint with gold pin-striping and only minor wear. The overall condition of this iron has been rated as excellent. Without question, this iron would make a blue-chip addition to any pressing iron collection.

The Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America (PITCA) was founded July 22, 1984, in Owatonna, Minn., as The Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club (MSICC), with 24 family names from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Founded to further the many aspects of the collecting of pressing irons and to encourage fellowship among pressing iron collectors, the club membership directory now lists over 300 family names. Though the club’s roots are in the Midwest, members can now be found in some 40 states, as well as abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

As mentioned earlier, the Annual PITCA Convention is being held in Cleveland, Ohio,  Aug. 7-8, immediately following the conclusion of the Howell auction. For more information on the club and the convention, contact Jerry Marcus, PITCA Secretary, at 718-591-0927 or atmidwestsadiron@aol.com.

For additional information on this auction, including a complete catalog and color pictures of every lot on the block, visit www.simmonsauction.com. Live Internet bidding (and pre-bidding) will also be available for this event on Proxibid at www.proxibid.com/simmons.

For information on absentee bidding, contact Rilla Simmons, Simmons and Company, at 816-776-2936.

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