My father was a Naval Architect who, during the war was employed as an air ministry inspector at Faerrie's in Manchester. He regularly brought home items made from factory scrap such as brooches and bangles made from the windscreen perspex but this is an iron made from the compressed linnen used (I believe) for aircraft bodies. I could heat it up by placing it against my mother's iron and use it to iron my doll's clothes. I do not remember not having it - I was probably 2 or 3 when I was given it. For some reason I hate ironing but I love the feel of this. It still smells of the era!