Watch as Museum Technician, Dave, talks about his pick: a late 19th century charcoal iron.
This artifact is a charcoal iron from the late 19th century.
The charcoal iron is a self-heating iron that allows for continuous use. Unlike the sadiron, which was heated externally on a stove and which required frequent stops to switch off bases that became too cool, the charcoal iron provided a continuous source of heat which allowed for fewer interruptions when ironing.
The inside of the iron is hollow, which allowed the user to burn coal inside the iron to generate heat.
A damper at the back of the iron helps to control airflow.
This useful household tool was available to be purchased through mail order catalogues such as the T. Eaton Company or Sears and Roebuck.