c. 1900 French Unic #5 Cast Iron Speckled Enamel Graniteware Sad Iron
#AD251 French Granite Cast Iron UNIC Sadiron
This is a beautiful old black and white speckled granite ware French pressing iron or sadiron. It has thickly cast embossed words of the maker in iron on top of "UNIC 5". It measures about 6 x 3.5 inches and is made of heavy enameled cast iron.
Sad irons, Sadirons or Flat irons were in use from the 1600's. They were heated in a fire or on a stove, and also called flat irons. The middle English word "sad" originally meant solid, compact, or heavy, although the word is not in use any longer. The first recorded use of the word sad iron is in 1738.
Condition is just as found in Totnes, Devon, England. Click images to see it in close up views. It definitely has been used and there is evidence of that in the graniteware, see close up shots. Probably needs a good oiling up. It is unusual and uncommon in this colouring.
Size: 6 x 3.5 inches, antique cast iron
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