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Flatiron

Flatiron

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Description
Pointed-toe charcoal iron consisting of a removable cover with tall, forward-curved chimney at tip and a hollow body with vented tube along bottom inside that connects to an arched opening in heel with pivoting, cast Vulcan face damper. Wood handle and tinned concave heat shield. Cover secures to body by notches at front and pin at heel that runs through rear handle support and corresponding lug or tab on body. Outside cover has cast in circular mark for "E. BLESS & R. DRAKE / PATENT / MARCH / 30 / 1852".
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flatiron
date made
1880 - 1900
patent date
1852-03-30
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
place used
United States: Maine, Thomaston
Physical Description
iron, cast (overall material)
wood (grip material)
iron, tinned sheet (heat shield material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 22.225 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
DL.58.0025
catalog number
58.0025
accession number
215795
Credit Line
Misses Helen R. and Elisabeth W. Newcombe
subject
Household Tools and Equipment
Laundry
Patented
Patented
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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