Ironrite Automatic Ironer


I don’t know anything about this Ironrite Automatic Ironer; John and I picked it up last summer from a gentleman who’d had it in his garage for quite some time.  The last he knew, it worked – but over time it got rather rusty.   If I remember correctly, he inherited it from his mother, who used it for all her ironing.

Since equipment was John’s forte, I have to admit I don’t know anything about this piece other than what I’ve read: that it was the “simplest” of all ironers to use, and that everything from linens to shirts to dresses could be ironed on it.  And that “everyday housewives” used theirs at least weekly.

Great features with this particular piece we have in stock are that the ironer comes with both the original chair and – even better – the booklet on how to iron everything… the booklet alone has sold for as much as $22.00, according to one of our antiques subscription services.

Condition:  I don’t know whether it works or not, and it is rather rusty.  If you’re interested and want to come try it out, I’m happy to let you do so, especially if you can tell me how to work it!

Dimensions:  Yikes… I’m not at the shop right now and forgot to measure it.  I’d say it’s about 3’W x 3’D x 4′ tall, excluding the original matching chair.  It’s big, and taking up space at the shop that I need for other things!

Price:  $75.00.  Plus the standard 5.5% Maine State sales tax, of course!

Location: Heritage Collectibles at 189 B Main Street (rear entrance), Lewiston ME 04240.

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NOTE:  With the exception of books, maps & music, most of our antique and other inventory can now be found at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford.  FMI: 

We hope you will enjoy our revamped shop, as well as our booth in Oxford, as you did our original retail space on Main Street.

For those dying to check out the revamped Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, we are still in the same building, but our new entrance is at the back of that building.  

Just enter 9 Park Street, Lewiston into your GPS and park in the nearest available spot.  Our entrance is through the door at the end of the building on the right hand side.  You’ll see signs in the windows (“Retail Store” and “Heritage Collectibles” and “Antiques” as well as others; you’ll also see my silver Jeep Liberty parked nearby.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us since August of 2014!


In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.

He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.

Follow our blog at, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.

All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.

(Please Note: The Grief Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)


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