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Record 745/765
Copyright Renwick Museum and Watson Memorial Library
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Collection RML (unaccessioned) General
Date Late 1800's
Description Mrs Pott's sad iron. Heavy cast iron base with detachable wooden handle which looks to have been painted. Has wooden knob which is used to unlatch top to the base. Some writing imprinted on the top of the base but unreadable.
Mrs Pott's irons were the invention of Mary Florence Potts of Iowa who patented the detachable handled sad iron in 1871. The iron was originally sold as a set of three hollow bases pointed at both ends with one handle and a stand with Mrs Potts's picture on the box. The extra bases were left on the stove to heat while the rushed housewife ironed and then switched the handle to an already heated base when the present one cooled.
Donated by B. Inkster.
Object ID RML0.800.0773
Object Name Iron
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014