From the Library of Congress - The History of Household Technology:
"Women of the time undoubtedly would have been using a "sad iron" to press their families' clothes. One meaning of sad in nineteenth century dictionaries was "heavy." Although many of these irons were small, they were very heavy. When sad irons were heated near an open fire or on the stove, their handles became red hot. Women tried wrapping aprons or towels around the handles, but still burned their fingers. Mary F. Potts endeared herself to countless women when she patented a much lighter sad iron with a detachable wooden handle."
Shown are a few unusual sad irons used throughout the years.
|Miniature Swan Iron||Miniature Machine Fluter||Miniature Rocker Fluter||Miniature Oval Cap Iron|
|All Cast Smoother||Dragon Charcoal Iron||Crown Plaiter -- Sad Iron||Brass Box Iron|
|Slickenstone||Sleeve Iron||Rolling Hand Fluter||Goffering Iron|