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Pressing iron

Object Number: 
2002.62.3ab
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 3/8 x 2 x 4 in. ( 8.6 x 5.1 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
molded: on top of iron: "Sensible No. 6 N.E.S. & Co."
Description: 
Small flatiron used to press ruffles and ribbons; boat-shaped base with removable handle outfitted with spring mechanism for easy relase; wooden grip on iron handle. Top of iron inscribed: "Sensible No. 6 N.E.S. & Co."
Gallery Label: 
This presing iron was used by Corinne Barbour Buckman (1860-1936) on her Catskills dairy farm to iron baby ruffles and small ribbons. The easily-removable handle allowed the iron to be heated on the wood stove and lifted off with a cool handle.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Joseph Burr Buckman Catskill Farm Tools
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group