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Iron - Electric, Hotpoint, 1920s Object Reg. No: SH 890683

Summary:
Hotpoint electric iron, made by Edison Electric Applicance Co, Inc, United States of America, 1920s.

Used at Simpson's Gloves, probably to press seams together or flatten seams prior to stitching leather.

Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd was formed in 1924 and produced leather gloves and coats, handbags, helmets and associated leather goods. The company first operated in Smith Street, and subsequently Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, relocating to Victoria Street, Richmond in 1928, where it remained until 1988.

'Hotpoint' electric irons were first sold in Australia around 1914 and remained a popular product for many decades. From the late 1920s they were manufactured in Australia by the Australian General Electric Co. Ltd.
Description:
Two pronged electric iron, wood covering over handle, adjustable thumb button, heavy steel base.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 11.00 cm (Width), 14.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: electric irons, glovemaking, leatherworking, tools, trades, how to use hot point iron, electric fans 1920, watts 576
Themes this item is part of: Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Amos Griffiths Simpson, Glove Manufacturer (1878-1953), Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, 1924-1988, Production Processes at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Working Life at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Workers at Simpson's Gloves Factory
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: ironing equipment
Inscriptions: Written label: "Hotpoint June 11 - 18 / May 20 - 24 / Edison Electric Appliance Co. Inc. / Made in New York Chicago Ontario Cal. U.S.A."
Manufacturer: Edison Electric Appliance Co. Inc, United States of America, circa 1925
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1920s

Comments

John Posted on 08 Jan 2010 11:22 AM
I have a Hotpoint Boudoir Iron 330 Watts, 110 volts, Cat. No. 113F22. I also have the original box. What year would it be manufactured?
Discovery Centre Posted on 08 Jan 2010 3:46 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi John, thanks for yout enquiry. We've referred this to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information.
benjar Posted on 26 Feb 2010 10:56 PM
how the hotpoint iron heat
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Mar 2010 3:25 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Benjar, this electric iron would have heated in much the same way as a modern day electric iron would heat up. Did you have a more specific question?
Sandii May Posted on 08 Jun 2010 7:28 AM
I have a Hotpoint electric iron - Edison Electric Appliance Co. Inc.
Ser. # 113F22 N.P. 270

Any idea on age of unit?
jason smith Posted on 10 Dec 2011 10:39 PM
hi, i have a similar iron to this one, but it plugs into the light socket ...not a power point ?? it has a stand...what year would this be made in ? i cant find any info on it anywhere ....
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Dec 2011 9:16 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jason, ‘Hotpoint’ electric irons were first sold in Australia around the start of the First World War and remained a popular household appliance for many decades. They were locally made in Australia from the late 1920s.

The iron shown in this record would date from the mid 1920s. You may note that it appears to be marked with two patent dates for 1918 and 1924, so must have been made after the later of these.

Electric irons with cords that plugged into a light-plug socket were common in the early years because many houses were originally wired with only a limited number of wall sockets or no wall sockets at all. Very few electric appliances were in use before the 1920s and many houses initially used electricity only for lighting.
percyus Posted on 20 Mar 2014 7:34 AM
hi, so... what would one of these irons sell for back in the 1920s?

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