Flatiron

Description:

Small, fixed handle, pointed-toe iron with size "2" and maker name cast in top of body. Wire handle has baluster block grip and S-curve or gooseneck sides individually attached into domed bases or sockets.

Maker is Downs & Co. of Seneca Falls, NY. Abel Downs began manufacturing wooden pumps in 1840 and all-cast iron pumps by the end of the decade; the business went through a series of partnerships until 1852, when Downs and Seabury S. Gould became the sole proprietors. Name changed to Downs & Co.'s Manufacturing Co. in 1862 and to Gould's Manufacturing Co. in 1868. ITT Industries acquired Goulds Pumps in 1997; still in operation.

Date Made: 1852 - 1868

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Seneca Falls

Subject: Household Tools and EquipmentLaundry

Subject:

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

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Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Edith R. Meggers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.314637.0068Catalog Number: 314637.0068Accession Number: 314637

Object Name: flatiron

Physical Description: iron, cast (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 10.795 cm x 6.985 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-63ab-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_311802

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