Electric Travel Iron


Electric travel flatiron, dry, no steam function, chrome-plated. Thin, triangular-shaped soleplate, curved sides, thin body. Horizontal handle, wire with shaped wooden grip, stained brown. Handle folds down for travel, hook above heel catches to hold in place during use. Fabric guide and temperature control knob on top of body, black molded plastic knob, fabric guide engraved/stamped into body: "RAY*SILK*WOOL*COTT*LINEN/OFF". Power cord attaches above heel, fabric cord, black, red, and white, with rubber/bakelite plugs, two-pronged. Plug is embossed: "GLADE-CHICAGO/NO 11/PAT'S PEND." Metal panel extended behind heel, stamped/engraved: "DURABILT/PAT. 2,086,240 PAT. 2,045,284/FULLY AUTOMATIC FOLDING IRON/A.C. ONLY 115 VOLT PAT. 2,119,964 CAT. 191 750 WATT/MADE BY THE WINSTED HDW. MFG. CO. WINSTED, CONN. U.S.A.". Hoover collection number is stamped on right side of soleplate: "25041".


2,086,240: July 6, 1937, Ludwig Reichold, for "Thermostatic electric heating appliance"

2,045,284: June 23, 1936, E. D. Perry, assignor to the Beardsley & Wolcott Manufacturing Company, for "Electric sadiron"

2,119,964: June 7, 1938, Ludwig Reichold, The Winsted Hardware Manufacturing Company, for " Electric sadiron"

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. The catalogue card also notes the Hoover Company collection tag read: "Sample No. 25041/Rec'd. 04/18/46/Model 191/HISTORICAL MODEL"

This was the first folding travel iron, introduced in 1937.

Maker is the Winsted Hardware Company, Winsted, Connecticut., later acquired by Waring Products.

Date Made: ca 1938

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Winsted

Subject: appliances, Daily Life, electricity, Household Tools and Equipment, Laundry, Patented

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life


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Credit Line: Gift of The Hoover Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0835.03Catalog Number: 1991.0835.03Accession Number: 1991.0835

Object Name: flatiron

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (overall material)fabric (cord material)plastic (plug material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/8 in x 4 in x 7 5/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 10.16 cm x 19.3675 cm

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Record Id: nmah_1097252

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