Iron, Simmons Sad Iron; Simmons Hardware Company; 1930-1950; RX.1975.64.4


Iron, Simmons Sad Iron

About this object

A cast iron that would most likely have been one of two or three similar shaped irons. One would be used with a wooden handle while the other was heating on the fire and then swapped as needed.

In 1870, a woman by the name of Mary Florence Potts, in Iowa, was awarded a patent for a sad iron that came to a point on both ends, which allowed women to iron in either direction. A year later she invented the detachable handle version of this iron which allowed one to be heated while the other was being used and was a huge success.


Simmons Hardware Company

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago

Medium and Materials

processed materials, iron
processed materials, metal

Inscription and Marks

'Simmons Special' embossed on the top surface of the iron.


l 155mm x w 85 x d 50
wt 1939g

l 170mm x w 115mm x d 30mm
wt 312g

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Object number


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