Sad Irons
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Kathie remembers watching her great-grandmother, Alice Burnett Gardiner Armstrong, using sad irons like these back in the 1940's to iron clothes. While one sat on the stove to heat, the handle was attached to the other for ironing. We purchased these while living in Rawlins, Wyoming, in the 1980's. The detachable wooden handles for sad irons were invented in America in 1870. Sad irons are a type of flat iron that is pointed a both ends and has a detachable handle. Sad in the obsolete sense meant heavy, solid.
Sad Irons and handles

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