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Electric Iron

Electric Iron

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Description
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.
Patents:
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron, electric
date made
ca 1941
maker
Knapp-Monarch Co.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
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
ID Number
1991.0835.05
catalog number
1991.0835.05
accession number
1991.0835
Credit Line
Gift of The Hoover Company
subject
appliances
Daily Life
electricity
Household Tools and Equipment
Laundry
Patented
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

The factory (Knapp Monarch) in Dover was closed and moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1961 for cheaper factory wages which back then were $1.60 an hour. It was called Metalcraft. Then in 1969, Knapp Monarch sold the plant to Hoover of North Canton, then subsequently it was sold to Sunbeam.

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