Flat irons, also known as smoothing irons, sad irons, sadirons, or tailor’s goose, were widely used in households to smooth clothes and other household fabrics.They were heated on a fire or stove and then gripped with a pad or rag to prevent the user from burning their hand on the handle, which was very hot. Later, wooden handles were introduced, which were cool to the touch. It was best to have two irons: one heating while the other was in use. Irons were used on the kitchen table or iron boards supported by two chairs until folding ironing boards were introduced by the Victorians. The first electric irons started to come into use by 1900.

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Date 1900s, 1910s
Material(s) Metal
Item number MBPO171

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