The sticker price on it was $8.00 and I got it half price on the last day of the sale. Not a bad price for $4.00, all in the eyes of the beholder.
In 1858 the first real ironing board was patented which was an iron table. Later they also included a removable press board used for sleeves and cuffs. After further looking these miniature ironing boards were called "Tailor's Hams". A dressmakers ham was a tightly stuffed pillow in the shape of a ham used as a mold when pressing curves such as sleeves or collars.
Here are a few pics of what I discovered.
Someone must have recovered it at some point and time. I thought about taking the cover off but then to use it would have to pad it again. Think I'll just leave it alone.
I also have an old ironing board like the one below that was given to me by my husband's mother. It was her first ironing board I believe when she started housekeeping. I know some of you have seen this one.
Fun to find something amusing in estate sales isn't it? Happy hunting!