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K363 Irons (4) with trivet, 'Mrs Potts' Cold Handle Sad Irons', metal / cast iron / timber, by Enterprise Manufacturing Co, American and Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, Pensylvannia, United States of America, 1880-1910. Click to enlarge.

'Mrs Potts' Cold Handle Sad Irons' and trivet by Enterprise Manufacturing Co

Made
In 1871 Mary Florence Potts patented an improvement to the flat iron (sad iron) which became very hot to handle when heated by the fire requiring the user to wear a mit or suffer from burnt palms. The Mrs Potts iron was pointed at both ends and featured a detachable insulated handle. This meant that many iron bodies could be heating on the stove at once. Sales of the Mrs Potts irons were handled by the Enterprise Manufacturinc Co. of Philadephia and were marketed as 'Cold Handle Sad Irons'. …

Summary

Object No.

K363

Object Statement

Irons (4) with trivet, 'Mrs Potts' Cold Handle Sad Irons', metal / cast iron / timber, by Enterprise Manufacturing Co, American and Dauphin Street, Philadelphia, Pensylvannia, United States of America, 1880-1910

Physical Description

Set of three polished cast-iron bases and one wooden spring loaded handle. One nickel-plated cast iron base with handle (could be for a child to use).

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1980

Acquisition Date

1 January 1980

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Mrs Potts' Cold Handle Sad Irons' and trivet by Enterprise Manufacturing Co 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/261929>

Wikipedia

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