This is an antique sad iron manufactured by Jas. Smart Mfg. Co. in Brockville Ontario. It is labeled as a #3 iron and weighs about 6 lbs. Length is 7 inches. This is a two piece iron with a removable Walnut handle. In original and excellent condition.
The sad iron — whose name derives from the Old English word “sald,” meaning solid — first appeared in the 17th century. The basic sad iron is a shaped piece of metal, with a polished base and attached metal handle. These irons were heated in front of an open fire or on a stove. The undesirable aspect of this, however, was that it heated the handle as well, so they had to be held with a potholder or thick glove. Sadirons were heavy, usually ranging from 5 to 9 pounds, and the weight contributed as much as the heat to the pressing process. In the 1870's, Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa patented an iron with a sad iron with a detachable handle, thus allowing the iron to be heated without also heating the handle.
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