Metals - Iron (Box iron) - Search the Collection - Winterthur Museum
1700-1750 Swiss Box iron- The box iron was one of two common styles of iron used in the 18th century. A piece of metal was heated in the fire, then placed inside the hollow of the iron, at which point it was used. This meant that the iron itself would not come into contact with the soot and dirt from the hearth in the process, leading to a much cleaner result. Also, the box iron made use of indirect heat, which was less likely to scorch the fabric.
1950s era American Beauty Irons! Did you know that their translucent amber and ruby Lucite handle irons were so beautifully designed that they were once featured in an exhibit titled "Masterpieces of American Design" held at the Baltimore Museum of Art? They were made of chrome-plated steel featuring an opaque plastic handle in either ruby or amber.