Charcoal Steam Iron

The iron uses charcoal or coals from the fire to produce a continuous heat to the base, to be used to remove wrinkles and creases from fabric, after washing or conversion into a garment. Earlier irons (known as a “sald iron” (solid iron) ) relied on a heated solid iron boat-shaped form, with a separate handle that could be engaged to direct the hot iron. Such irons lost the contained heat quickly, and this iron allowed hot coals to be placed within the iron, with a timber handle and a shield to protect the fingers, and a flue to both assist the generation of heat and to carry any smoke away form the use. The coal “chamber” had a choke to maintain the oxygen flow into the coals, which could also be encouraged to greater life by waving thew iron to increase airflow and heat to the plate. This model weighs about 6 to 7 lbs (2 ½ kilos), and sold for about $0.75 in the 1890’s. This model was made by T &C Clark, Wolverhampton, England. Such irons are still widely used in regions without electricity.