Electric Iron


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.

Date Made: ca 1941

Maker: Knapp-Monarch Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Missouri, Saint Louis

Subject: appliancesDaily LifeelectricityHousehold Tools and EquipmentLaundryPatented


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Credit Line: Gift of The Hoover Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0835.05Catalog Number: 1991.0835.05Accession Number: 1991.0835

Object Name: flatiron, electric

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)wood (overall material)fabric (overall material)Measurements: 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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-60b4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1097254

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