Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron and bellows, c 1850.

Image number: 10186632

Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron and bellows, c 1850.

Some irons were heated by small charcoal fires burning inside them. The bellows pumped air inside to keep the charcoal burning for longer, but the temperature was difficult to control.

Image number:
10186632
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:07
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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