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Flatiron

Flatiron

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron
date made
1852 - 1868
place made
United States: New York, Seneca Falls
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
ID Number
DL.314637.0068
catalog number
314637.0068
accession number
314637
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Edith R. Meggers
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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