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Details about  Victorian Charcoal or Coal Smoothing Pressing Box Iron early to mid 1800s

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Victorian Charcoal or Coal Smoothing Pressing Box Iron early to mid 1800s
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Product: Iron Age: 1800-1849
Style/Period: Victorian Original/Repro: Original
As the name suggests, this Victorian iron was heated by burning charcoal inside it. Even though 

the charcoal iron looks more sophisticated than the simple flat iron, it was not as popular. This 

may have been because the charcoal iron gave off fumes, which must have been unpleasant for 

the woman doing the ironing.

The example shown here is made of iron and has a wooden handle, and a metal catch at the 

front that keeps the iron closed. Both of these handles were needed to load the iron with charcoal 


The holes around the base of the iron are for letting the fumes out; unfortunately they could also 

sometimes let out sparks and smuts - the last thing that is wanted with clean washing! This one 

is covered in surface rust which gives it a nice patina, but will polish up if the new owner so 


It is typical of irons used during th early to mid 1800s.

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