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Treasure Hunt: August 27, 2015


08/27/15
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna,


I read your column weekly in the Hippo and have learned many interesting things over the years.  I have this ironing machine that was left in our house by previous owners. I did some research, and I understand that the piece would definitely have a very small value, and only to a very particular audience. Blog posters on the matter suggested that I would be better off selling for scrap metal than trying to find someone who would want this.
I don’t want to send it to the trash or scrap pile. Do you have any ideas on either re-purposing or other alternatives?

Pamela from Manchester
 
Dear Pamela, 
I wondered when one of these machines would come up. They were very common for laundry, and they’re called manglers, This machine goes way back but was more popular here in the U.S. between the 1900s and 1940s, and even now there are more modern versions. 
It was used for pressing and did a great job from what I have learned from my own family. But you are right, there is not much purpose today. And they are not the most attractive form either, so it might be tough to try to remake them into other things.
There are so many around as well that it keeps the values really low, like under $20 if you can find a buyer at all. I don’t like thinking about the trash either. Maybe an old laundromat would like such an item for decoration? Or a country store, for displaying textiles? 
 Pamela, sometimes there are things that really take a lot of thought to find new uses for. I have to say, mangler machines are one of them. I hope I gave you a couple of ideas and, like you, I hope it doesn’t end up in the trash. 
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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