Box containing 3 Sad irons; Enterprise MFG Co.; Unknown; CR1977.240


Box containing 3 Sad irons

About this object

Box containing 3 Sad irons all with detachable handles.
a: Sad iron base embossed ' Enterprise MFC Co, Philadelphia USA. No 50 One end curved up. b: Wooden handle embossed 'Patent May 19 1896 ' Forged wont break'.
c: Wooden handle embossed 'Kenrick" Will not break" NB: Kenrick irons were made by Archibald & Sons, in England. This handle is made by a different manufacturer than the base - showing the interchangeability of the handles. d. Sad iron base: lacquered and larger than the others; Difficult to read the embossing possibly "Enterprise, Philadelphia".
e. Sad iron base; laquered; top embossed ' Enterprise MFC .Philadelphia USA" "No 55". One end curved up. f. Wooden Handle embossed ' Forged wont break' 'Patent May 19 1896".
g. Wooden iron tray to contain 3 irons. One side of box is broken. h &i. Inset are 2 pieces of wood shaped to fit irons in box; j. Lid printed " The Enterprise Manufacturing Co of P A, "Enterprise" Sad Irons, "The Best", Philadelphia PA USA. The lid would only fit on the box if the irons were not contained within.


Enterprise MFG Co.

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

United Sates, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Medium and Materials

Cast iron

Inscription and Marks

"Enterprise MFC Co, Philadelphia USA." "No 50". "No 55". 'Kenrick" 'Patent May 19 1896 ' Forged wont break'. " The Enterprise Manufacturing Co of P A, "Enterprise" Sad Irons, "The Best", Philadelphia PA USA".


a. and b. H 120mm x L 162mm x W 80mm
c. and d. H 125mm x L 174mm x W 90mm
e. and f. H 122mm x L 165mm x W 80mm
g. H 62mm x L 296mm x W200mm
h. and i. H 22mm x L 280mm x W 45mm with cutout shapes to fit the iron
j. H 12mm x L 297mm x W 194mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Laundry equipment

Subject and Association Keywords

Household items

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic chattels

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Laundry equipment

Object number


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