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Iron - Coal Heated, circa 1850 Reg. No: SH 850281
- Coal-heated cast iron flat iron used in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1850.
- Black, cast-iron iron has a shield-shape base, straight sides 6cm high and a flat top. It has a tubular wooden handle with brackets that curve inward in a semi-circle at the bottom. The back wall of the iron slides upward, operated by a thin shaft, threaded through a loop at the back of the handle then bent over, with a small round handle on the end. The hollow centre of the iron was filled with hot coals.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
|Dimensions:||16.00 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 12.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||irons, laundering, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services|
|Themes this item is part of:||Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MEDICINE & HEALTH|
|Secondary Classification:||Mental Health - Institutional Life|
|Place & Date Used:||Victoria, Australia, circa 1850|
|References:||card with exhibit.|