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Hotpoint by Edison Electric -- Travel or Boudoir Iron -ca 1921
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Hotpoint by Edison Electric -- Travel or Boudoir Iron -ca 1921
Hotpoint by Edison Electric -- Travel or Boudoir Iron -ca 1921
Hotpoint by Edison Electric -- Travel or Boudoir Iron -ca 1921

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 only 3 pounds 2 ounces. We have another electric item listed here that is just over 2 pounds, as well as a cast iron sad iron which is found in our Cast Iron category.

The company history on this one is interesting and filled with familiar names. These electric boudoir irons were introduced as Hotpoint as early as 1905. In 1918 The Edison Electric Appliance Co. was formed from three companies: Hughes Electric Heating Co., Hotpoint Electric Heating Co., and General Electric's heating device section. Later, in 1931, the named changed to Edison General Electric Co.

We have been able to narrow down the manufacture date to 1921, as we have seen it located it in a product promo ad with that date. This example was made by the Edison Electric Appliance Co. It is marked on the heel rest area with their name, along with Hotpoint and the volt and watt information. The rest of the plate in not legible. The sole plate measures 5-3/4" by 3-1/4", with the overall length being 6-1/2", including the heel rest. It is 4-1/4" high when resting flat. We do not have the cord for this iron; however the "plug" portion that attaches to the iron is there. It is the old ceramic type, and fits the closely set posts. The electrical posts are very stable and secure, and I understand that a nice, "safe", replacement cloth covered vintage look cord could be attached to this plug. Or, I understand that some replacement model 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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