Iron, Mrs Potts Sad ; 1880-1900; WY.2007.14.1


Iron, Mrs Potts Sad

About this object

This is a double pointed Mrs Potts sadiIron with a detachable wooden handle. The double pointed design and detachable handle was patented by Mary Potts during 1871 in the United States of America.

The detachable handle was a significant improvement on previous designs as it ensured the handle remained cool and meant that a pad, rag or glove was no longer needed to hold the iron.

This iron would have originally come as part of a set comprising three bodies, a handle and a trivet, manufactured by A Kenrick of West Bromwich, with the permission of Mary Potts from 1880.

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, Staffordshire, West Bromwich

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood

Inscription and Marks

Handle has 'KENRICK' debossed into the wood on both sides
Top area on the base on one side near a point has 'WY 07014' written in white ink.


h 132 mm x w 94 mm x d 178 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

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