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Sad iron owned by members of the Ellis family

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  • Image for Sad iron owned by members of the Ellis family
  • Image for Sad iron owned by members of the Ellis family
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Created by
Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Pennsylvania, American
Medium
cast iron
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5 x 3 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (12.7 x 9.7 x 17.3 cm)
Type
irons
Place used
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place made
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
after 1870
Description
Cast iron sad iron with a pointed elliptical base where the points are at the front and back of the sad iron. The base has a flat bottom and uniform sides. The top surface has a ridge around the perimeter and two ridges in the center that follow the shape of the base where the handle base sits and is tightened. There is a small tightening knob in the center of the top surface. The top surface has [ENTERPRISE / MFG CO PHILA. PA] in the cast following the shape of the base. There is a half circle cylindrical shaped handle attached at each long end of the base.
Topic
African American
Domestic life
Families
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Object number
2012.42.2.2
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Domestic
Exhibition
Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Second Floor, 2 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture