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Fixed handle, pointed-toe iron with maker, place manufactured and size "7" cast in top of body. Vertically-seamed, hexagonal cylindrical handle has a baluster block grip and S-curve or gooseneck sides with posts or rods individually attached into raised holes or sockets; black finish.
Attributed to Reading Foundry of Reading, PA. The Reading Foundry Co. (Ltd.) was established in 1884 as an outgrowth of Mellert Foundry and Machine Co. Both companies specialized in cast iron water pipes, waterworks equipment, architectural elements and gearings; it is not known how many sad irons they produced or for how long (examples of this handle design date back to the late 1850s).
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Object Name
date made
ca 1884
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Reading
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 6 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in; 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Astor Godlove
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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