This is so neat! I believe that this particular sad iron is called a “sleeve” iron given the long and narrow shape. It has a quite different shape than the sad irons that you typically run across. This iron is about 7″ long and 2″ wide at its widest. The iron itself is ~1-1/8″ tall. The wood handle is removable and when attached, securely holds the iron.
The iron is marked SENSIBLE NO. 1. It is offered in “as found” vintage condition. it has a very cool burnished silver patina – see photos. The ironing surface itself is quite nice. I believe that this iron was manufactured before the “New Sensible” iron; that iron was patented in 1908. This iron is more than 100 years old!
You can read more about sad irons in this article in Collector’s Weekly. This iron would make a cool doorstop, paperweight, or display. You could also, of course, use it to iron. 🙂