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Iron - Flat, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850222

A cast iron flat iron used in the laundry of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900.
Flat iron is a long narrow block of cast iron, 8cm high. It is square at the back and curves into a blunt point in front. Sides are straight except at the front, which slopes backward toward the top. A join between the sides and the top slopes in 3 shallow steps. Iron has a heavy crown- shaped wrought-iron handle, reaching the length of the iron and with spiralled twist in centre. A large crack runs across base and up both sides. Iron is outrageously heavy!
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.00 cm (Height), 6.50 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, home appliances, what, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: laundering
Inscriptions: 20 embossed on the top.
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: card with exhibit.

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