Iron, Simmons Sad Iron; Simmons Hardware Company; 1930-1950; RX.1975.64.4
Iron, Simmons Sad IronAbout 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.
processed materials, iron
processed materials, metal
'Simmons Special' embossed on the top surface of the iron.Measurements
l 155mm x w 85 x d 50
l 170mm x w 115mm x d 30mm
This object is from
Include tags such as place names, people, dates, events and colours. Use commas to separate multiple tags. e.g. Pablo Picasso, Madrid, red, 1930s.