"Travelers" Flatiron

"Travelers" Flatiron

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Triangular or pointed-toe, denatured alcohol travel iron with detachable, black-painted wood-grip handle, cylindrical fuel container or tank, cylindrical burner and two stands (one for iron and for container); all fitted inside a tan leather-covered case with red stitching and hinged lid having two clasps. Case interior painted black with green felt lining the flatiron compartment. Side of one cylinder marked "Travelers' / PAT. APL'D FOR". No other marks on iron or case.
Patent and maker not identified. Tilden-Thurber of Providence, RI (1880-present) was a high-end retailer of fine china, jewelry, silver, timepieces and other luxury goods; the firm now deals in art and antiques. Unlikely to have manufactured this iron; just retailed it.
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Object Name
flatiron, travel
date purchased
ca 1922
place purchased; place used
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
used; purchased
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Physical Description
iron (iron, handle sides material)
chrome or nickel plate (cylinders, stands, hardware material)
wood (case, handle grip material)
paint (case interior, handle grip material)
felt (case lining material)
overall-in case: 2 in x 9 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 23.495 cm x 14.2875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Richard H. Howland
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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