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Flatiron

Flatiron

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Description
Removable handle, pointed-toe flatiron with size "6" and "WILSONS / PATENT" cast in at front and back on top of body. Vertically-seamed cast handle is flattened oval in section with a horizontal grip and scroll-ended sides that are individually attached to a rectangular bar or dovetail that slides in socket at center of the raised, straight tapered, rectangular base on body. Handle does not move.
"Wilson's Patent" not identified; needs further research. A William Wilson of Greenfield, MA, received a patent for a "sad iron" on March 27, 1835, but record was destroyed in 1836 Patent Office fire. It is also possible patent is for the sliding mechanism and not the iron.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron
date made
mid 1800s
1860 - 1880
place made
United States
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 4 in; 13.0175 cm x 17.145 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
DL.287906.0004
catalog number
287906.0004
accession number
287906
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Astor Godlove
subject
Household Tools and Equipment
Laundry
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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