Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron, c 1850.

Image number: 10186633

Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron, 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, and maintain the heat, but the temperature was difficult to control.

Image number:
10186633
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:07
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Science Museum
 

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