"Asbestos Family Cabinet"

"Asbestos Family Cabinet"

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Set of "Asbestos Sad Irons", consisting of three, wood-handled, asbestos-lined hoods (small, medium, large) with flip-over spring clasp or latch for interchangeable use with seven cores (one small, one medium and two large double-pointed, one square-heeled presser, one flounce and one fluter), plus two double-pointed stands, one square mat and yellow wrapping paper for "The DOVER Wax Pad"; all fitted inside a handleless oak case with hinged lid having two hook-and-post fasteners. "ASBESTOS / SAD IRON" cast in tops of all cores. All hoods stamped inside their handles on the face of the heat shield with maker guarantee and patent information.
Complete set; three cores and the two double-pointed stands still in original wrapping paper. Paper lining lid interior with product name missing.
Maker is Dover Manufacturing Company of Canal Dover, OH (not to be confused with Dover Stamping and Manufacturing Co. of Dover, NH, established 1833). Business was started by Charles T. Johnson-Vea and Ole Tverdahl in Stoughton, WI, in 1893 and moved to Ohio in 1900; produced exclusively asbestos sad irons. Tverdahl received U.S. Patent No. 649,968 on May 22, 1900 for the flip-over spring clasp or latch locking mechanism (covered improvements in hood and core).
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Object Name
sad irons, set of
date made
1900 - 1925
place made
United States: Ohio, Dover
Physical Description
iron (hoods, cores, heat shields material)
asbestos (hood linings material)
wood (handle grips material)
paint (handle grips material)
paper (wrapping material material)
oak (case material)
brass (hardware material)
overall-in case: 4 5/8 in x 17 3/8 in x 12 3/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 44.1325 cm x 31.4325 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rittenhouse
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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