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Kwikway No. K47 Travel or Boudoir Iron - Electric early 1900's
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Kwikway No. K47 Travel or Boudoir Iron - Electric early 1900's
Kwikway No. K47 Travel or Boudoir Iron - Electric early 1900's
Kwikway No. K47 Travel or Boudoir Iron - Electric early 1900's

Once the new gas and electric stoves, or ranges, became popular, the issue of the clothes irons of course followed. The traditional cast iron sad irons, designed to be heated on those wood stoves, seemed less practical. Thus, a logical progression to the electric pressing irons was quick to develop.

A particularly delightful item, especially for today's collectors, is the early version of the Electric Travel Iron or the Boudoir Pressing Iron as they were sometimes called. These were not exactly light weight, but a far cry from the five to seven pounds of the older cast iron sad iron. This one weighs a mere 2 pounds 3 ounces. We have another electric item listed here that is slightly over 3 pounds, as well as a cast iron sad iron which is found in our Cast Iron category.

This example was made by the Kwikway Co. of St. Louis, MO. It is marked on the lower handle area with their name, along with the volt and watt information, and their designation as Cat. No. K47. The sole plate measures 5-1/2" by 3-1/8", with the overall length being 6", including the heel rest. It is 4" high when resting flat. We do not have the cord for this iron; however the electrical posts are very stable and secure, and I understand that nice, "safe", replacement cloth covered vintage look cords are available at a reasonable price.

The iron is in relatively nice condition, considering its age, it does have some surface rust and some worn away paint on the wooden handle. The handle is however intact, very secure and has no cracks or damage other than the paint wear. With a bit of tender loving care, it could become a delightful display item. As for the internal electrical condition, I have not attempted to plug this in, since we do not have the cord. I am assuming that, due to the very "tight" secure condition of the iron, that it is likely in working order; however we make no guarantee.

Why don't I clean some items up before photographing them? When I look at some of these pictures, I know people must be asking that question. My theory is this: "Part of being smart is knowing what you are ‘dumb' at". To those who collect old cast iron or other antiques, there is a right and a wrong way to clean and or restore them. I do not know the "right" ways. I feel it is wisest to let the buyer do their own reclaiming of these items. I saw one electric vintage iron that had obviously been "shined up" with what must have been coarse steel wool or sand paper!! How sad -- I know there had to have been a gentler way.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures., or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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