A small size sad iron with a detachable Walnut handle. This iron has a hollow cast iron body with a Nickle plated exterior. Also included is an ornate cast iron trivet Excellent condition.
The sadiron — whose name derives from the Old English word “sald,” meaning solid — first appeared in the 17th century. The basic sadiron 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 sadiron with a detachable handle, thus allowing the iron to be heated without also heating the handle.