"The King Iron"

"The King Iron"

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Description
Pointed-toe, combination smoothing, polishing, band and fluting iron with hollow, perforated, ergonomic handle grip. Revolving or flipover design features a spring-lock thumb lever mounted on back of the handle that has two prongs at bottom that fit into three holes in the heel of the pivoting body, allowing all four of its sides to be secured in place for use. No marks. Holes in sides accommodate a corrugated shoe or fluter.
Maker is the Hewitt Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh, PA; dates in operation not known, needs further research. John Hewitt received U.S. Patent 135,116 on January 21, 1873 and No. 137,201 on March 25, 1873 for his combination iron.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron
date made
ca 1874
Date made
1873-01-21
1873-03-25
date made
ca 1870
patent date
1873-01-21
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
place used
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
used
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 6 7/8 in x 3 in; 12.7 cm x 17.4625 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
DL.63.0990
catalog number
63.0990
accession number
246936
Credit Line
Gift of Nevada Evans Schmidt
subject
Household Tools and Equipment
Laundry
Patented
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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