Iron, Mrs Potts Sad Iron; Kenrick, Archibald & Sons; 1880-1900; MT2011.183.2
Iron, Mrs Potts Sad IronAbout 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.
processed material, metal, iron
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'.
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
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object Type
There are actually 2 sets that Kenrick produced; one is polished steel, the other sets is nickle plated.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org