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Piping Iron

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Piping Iron
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This small iron was used when starching and laundering a piped 'mutch', a type of frilled cap universally worn by Shetland women throughout the 19th century.

It consists of two separate entities: an s-shaped stand with a round base, and a poker, which acted as the iron. The poker was heated over the fire and the fabric pressed around the hot barrel to smooth and shape the pleats into the lace.

Irons such as these were invented in Italy during the 16th century and were also called tally irons. However, in Shetland they were more commonly known as piping-irons.
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