Sad or flat iron: 19th century
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actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

Sad or flat iron: 19th century

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Sad or flat iron of solid cast iron with a hollow iron handle. The top of the iron has punched and scored decoration, and is marked with '4' in relief. Sad irons were heated on trivets in front of open fires, or on the tops of closed ranges, or on specially-designed iron stoves in larger laundries. They were made in numbered series which related to their size, although there was no standardisation in the series between manufacturers.


1801 AD - 1900 AD

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