The method usually adopted by laundresses for ironing shirts, skirts and similar garments is to lay the ironing board across two chairs, and by lifting up one end pass the garment off or on as the case may be. The table which is the subject of our engraving is intended to supply a good firm ironing table that will easily admit of articles being placed on or off it, and at the same time serve the purpose of an ordinary table when required. A is a leg, to the top of which one end of the table is rigidly secured. A is connected by a crosspiece, C, to another leg, B, the upper half of which, B', is movable on a hinge and has a groove in it, a, to receive the end, d, of the table, D. In the position which it has in the illustration, the shirt would be put on, and the piece, B', turned to its place and secured by the catch, b, and a firm table is obtained on which every part of a circular garment can be ironed. The cover is secured to the table by the bar, F, passing through the loops on wire, f, that pass through the cloth. G is an iron stand that can be removed to admit of the top, E, being put over the ironing table, D, and render it useful for any house- hold purpose. It was patented April 6,1856. The inventor, W. Vandenburgh, Jr., of this city, has also applied for a patent for another method of attaining this same end, namely, by causing the top to slide laterally or vertically on fixed supports, so that he will be sure to have the laundress's desideratum, a really good ironing table. Mr, V. will give any further particulars upon being addressed at 313 Spring street, New York.
This article was originally published with the title "Vandenburgh's Ironing Table"