Electric Flatiron

Electric flatiron, dry, no steam function. Oval-shaped soleplate, pointed, flat heel. Chrome-plated metal body, bent metal handle with wooden grip, painted black. Fabric selector dial on top of body, molded black plastic with white writing, streamlines. Detachable power cord (B) attaches to body (A) at back of handle. Black woven fabric cord with white specks, coiled silver wire, and molded plastic two-prong plug. Extended heel rest is debossed on top: “DOVERITE/Automatic”; underside is stamped: “UL/FOR USE ON A.C. ONLY/PAT. NOS. 2,039,222/1,951,176/2,136,763 PATSPEND/V.115 W.1000/11-41 CAT. NO. 350-R/KNAPP-MONARCH CO. ST.LOUIS,U.S.A.” Soleplate is scratched throughout, abraded.
2,039,222: April 28, 1936, Russell I. Huffman, assignor to Dover Manufacturing Company, Dover, Ohio, for “Sadiron shell and rest construction’
1,951,176: March 13, 1934, John E. Smith, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, for “Coating machine and process”
2,136,763: November 15, 1938, Howard A. Smith, assignor to Knapp-Monarch Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, for “Heating plate structure”
This iron is from the Hoover Company Sample collection, North Canton, Ohio, including samples by Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis (Missouri), which was bought by Hoover in 1969. It is noted: “Hoover Company Collection tag Sample 25382/Rec’d. Apr. 72/Model 350-R”; another tag: “DOVERITE #350-R DRY IRON/MADE BY KM IN NOV. ‘41”.
Maker is the Dover Manufacturing Company and the Knapp-Monarch Manufacturing Company. Founded circa 1916, Dover Manufacturing, of Dover, Ohio, produced electric flatirons until 1936, when the Knapp-Monarch Company purchased the company and it ceased to exist. The Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Missouri, founded in 1925 as A.S. Knapp and Company, not as a manufacturer, but to sell products. The company merged with manufacturer Monarch Company of Webster City, Iowa, in 1928. In 1969 the company was acquired by the Hoover Company.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1941
Knapp-Monarch Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
average spatial: 12 cm x 11.4 cm x 23 cm; 4 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 9 1/16 in
overall: 4 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 11.43 cm x 21.59 cm
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
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