American Beauty Electric Iron

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Electric flatiron. Metal, triangular-shaped body (A). No fabric guide or temperature control, handle comprised of bent metal, with molded plastic grip, horizontal, black. Two metal prongs at base of handle, above heel, no cord attached. Small, triangular metal plate attached to top of body, silver, embossed/printed: “AMERICAN/BEAUTY/IRON”; heel is stamped/imprinted: “AMERICAN”/BEAUTY NO 6 ½ B/AMERICAN ELECTRIC HEATER CO./DETROIT, U.S.A./PATENTED/MAY 19 1908/MAY 19 1914/FEB, 1 1916/VOLTS 105-114 WATTS 525” and with “LMP” diamond trademark.
Detachable stand comprised of two pieces of sheet metal, triangular shape, stacked one on top of the other, separated by three short metal cylinders, with three metal half-spheres for feet. Stamped into top: “AMERICAN/BEAUTY/IRON” in triangle, “MADE BY/AMERICAN ELECTRIC HEATER CO./DETROIT, U.S.A.”
US 887947 A, May 19 1908, Frank Kuhn, Detroit, Michigan, for “Electrically-heated sad-iron”
US 1096929 A, May 19 1914, Frank Kuhn, Detroit, Michigan, for “Electrically-heated sad-iron”
US 1170168 A, February 1, 1916, Frank Kuhn and Frank E. Shailor, assignors for American Electrical Heater Company, Detroit, Michigan, for “Connector for electrically-heated instruments”
Maker is American Electric Heater Company, circa 1890-present. This iron was the first of the "American Beauty" irons the company produced, introduced in 1912.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1916
American Electrical Heater Co.
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Physical Description
steel (body; sole; handle mounts material)
plastic (Bakelite) (grip material)
overall: 6 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 15.875 cm x 19.05 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Edgar Wolf, Jr.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I have one if these irons. A friend had given to me and decided to look it up because it was dated over 100 years old. It's quite amazing to still come across and own this iron it really makes then generations lucky to have lightweight new irons. Makes me chuckle when I make the comment "hit upside the head with a metal iron.literally" Ouch lol ... I still iron my clothing with this iron. And she is going strong. With many years left in her. :)

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