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Physical Description:
iron (iron, handle sides material)
chrome or nickel plate (cylinders, stands, hardware material)
wood (case, handle grip material)
paint (case interior, handle grip material)
felt (case lining material)
overall-in case: 2 in x 9 1/4 in x 5 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 23.495 cm x 14.2875 cm
Object Name:
flatiron, travel
Place purchased; place used:
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Used; purchased:
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Date purchased:
ca 1922
Triangular or pointed-toe, denatured alcohol travel iron with detachable, black-painted wood-grip handle, cylindrical fuel container or tank, cylindrical burner and two stands (one for iron and for container); all fitted inside a tan leather-covered case with red stitching and hinged lid having two clasps. Case interior painted black with green felt lining the flatiron compartment. Side of one cylinder marked "Travelers' / PAT. APL'D FOR". No other marks on iron or case.
Patent and maker not identified. Tilden-Thurber of Providence, RI (1880-present) was a high-end retailer of fine china, jewelry, silver, timepieces and other luxury goods; the firm now deals in art and antiques. Unlikely to have manufactured this iron; just retailed it.
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard H. Howland
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source:
National Museum of American History