Details about Victorian Charcoal or Coal Smoothing Pressing Box Iron early to mid 1800sSee original listing
30 Aug, 2014 20:29:51 BST
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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.