Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron, c 1850.

 
Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron, c 1850.
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Description

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.

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