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Queens County Museum

Flatiron


Accession number: 38-42
Object type: Slog
Date: 1700 – 1800
Materials: metal,(iron)
Measurements: 15.1 cm L x 14.6 cm Hheight of base is 5.4 cm.
Description:

A heavy metal flat iron.  A thick metal iron shaped base.  At the back of the base is a sliding metal base which stores a solid metal bar which was heated to keep the iron hot.  The handle is attached  to the base by 2 curving pieces of metal.  The handle itself is made of wood with carved ridges in it.  The sliding door opens by a small round metal bar attached to the handle.  The iron itself has horseeshoe shaped rings to tighten the slog so it would not bang against the top,sides & bottom of the iron & allow it to accidently spill out.

History of Use:

Used to iron. Heated on stove or fireplace.