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Mavis

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Came across this iron yesterday, and I purchased it for my collection. I had never seen one that, at one time, had an electric cord for heating it up. Must have been a lot of scorched clothing in the early days of ironing

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Looks a lot like mine, Mavis.  I wonder if the slotted screw in the center is a heat adjustment.  I have plugged it in and it still works.
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There is usually a setting on these irons, maybe not easily adjusted though. Often it is internally, if you clean, polish and rewire it, you will probably end up with a usable iron. Some of these are rather good, heavy, no steam, but they do the job. You need to open it and inspect. Irons like this work well once you get the hang of it, you develop a feel for the heat and how it works. I have seen people restore old coal heated irons and to my surprise use them with out much problem from first attempt. They have a thick botton and it distributes the heat evenly.
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when doing missionary work in Haiti, I would often see ladies swing their irons back and forth in the air to fan the charcoal that they burned in their irons  The school children wore uniforms that were locally made on treadle sewing machines.  I hired out my laundry, which was washed by hand in a creek, the clothes spread over bushes to dry.
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I have 3 of the really old, heavy irons (not electric) that were found in the barn when we bought the property. They make terrific door stops!
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This is R fun little travel iron.
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This has been another education for me.  Guess I thought it went from the old sad irons, heated on the wood cook stove, to the era of "modern" black, GE type irons.  Never knew about this in between stage until this week.
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I have several old irons, one very similar to yours, Steve, that I don't think has ever been used, came in the box even, and I have one that must have been one of the early steam irons, with the "reservior" on the back end.
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I have several old irons, one very similar to yours, Steve, that I don't think has ever been used, came in the box even, and I have one that must have been one of the early steam irons, with the "reservior" on the back end.
. Cool - would love to see a photo of the early steam iron!

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