Iron, Mrs Potts Sad Iron; Kenrick, Archibald & Sons; 1880-1900; MT2011.183.2

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Mataura Museum

Name/Title

Iron, Mrs Potts Sad Iron

About this object

Iron; a Mrs Potts Sad Iron made by Kenrick. This double point design with detachable handle was patented in the United States of America by Mary Potts in 1871. It was sold in sets of three bodies with one handle and a stand. A. Kenrick of West Bromwich in England manufactured it under licence from 1880.

The detachable insulated handle was designed to be always cool for ironing. The handle was detachable, so that several irons could be on the stove at one time and the handle swapped between several bodies.

Maker

Kenrick, Archibald & Sons

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1880-1900

Place Made

UK, England, West Midlands, Sandwell, West Bromwich

Medium and Materials

processed material, metal, iron

Inscription and Marks

Imprinted on handle: KENRICK / WILL NOT BREAK'.
Imprinted on top of the body: 'KENRICK MRS POTTS SAD IRON / WEST BROMWICH ENGLAND'.
Imprinted on base of stand: 'KENRICK No-10'.

Measurements

stand: h 35mm x l 155mm x w 110mm
body: h 55mm x l 165mm x w 70mm
handle: h 90mm x l 150 mm x w 30mm

As a unit: h 150mm x l 165mm x w 110mm
small

Subject and Association Keywords

domestic accessories

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

laundry equipment

Object number

MT2011.183.2

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Comments
Eric Marshall 20 Jul 2015 20:17 PM,UTC

There are actually 2 sets that Kenrick produced; one is polished steel, the other sets is nickle plated.

Eric Marshall 02 May 2014 15:25 PM,UTC

At the youthful age of 19, Mrs. Mary Potts solved the pervasive problem of hot handles and burns to the hands as a result of ironing. The wooden detachable handle and sets of 3 irons resolved the hot handle issue. Her irons were produced by every major iron producer in America and also was produced in Germany, England, Canada, and Australia. Mrs. Potts was never completely compensated or adequately paid for her idea. There are currently 265 Mrs. Potts' Sad Irons cataloged in the book, The Mrs. Potts' Sad Iron Collectors' Guide that is available for sale at mrspottssadiron@gmail.com

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