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From time to time, a gentleman will get creases in his tie. (Intercontinental voyages are often involved.) And since ironing is usually a last resort for such things, you may want to turn to the bizarrely shaped, obscurely useful device known as the tie press.

Granted, most of the appeal is the chance to add another handsome antique to your collection. (It would look great between your Truman-era shoe tree and hand-cranked coffee grinder.) But once you’ve laid eyes on one of these, we have a hard time imagining an iron measuring up. File it under “refined affectations.”

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom