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Charcoal-Burning Iron

Donated by Gladys Robinson
Accession No. 803/1

At the Cambridge Museum we have many examples of old style irons. This item is a cast iron Hot Box 7 lb (3.2 kgs) iron with chimney, which was heated by burning charcoal in the base. The hinged top is held shut with a pin on a chain. It has a swivel door at the back of the base, ornamental leaf design around the edge of the top section, a turned wood handle and a pressed tin hand guard with “Cannon” and a picture of a cannon.