Collection: Macquarie University History Museum

Lace Iron

Convex Sad Iron

Accession # AHM004109a
Creator Silvester's Salter Pty Ltd
Period 19th Century
Date 1850 - 1899
Provenance England and Australia
Material/s Iron
Dimensions 10.4cm (l) x 6.8cm (w) x 8.6cm (l)
Collection Macquarie University History Museum
Source AHM, Macquarie University
Classification Tool
Ladies lace collar
This patented convex sad iron, or lace iron, was produced by Sylvesters, a manufacturer of blacksmith kitchen equipment. 'Sad' was an old English word meaning 'solid', and often referred to heavier irons. Engraved on the top of the handle is 'SILVESTERS PATENT'. The nose of the iron shows the number '3' for its size/ weight and the company logo is located at the top-side of the iron; a rope tied in a loose knot, pierced by an arrow. The iron's base is smooth and convex. The strange shape of the iron is due to it's very specific function. These irons were used on lace and delicate fabrics because the smooth curved base did not catch and tear the fabric, as simple flat-irons would do. This type of iron would generally have been used in households of wealthier women who could afford delicate fabrics and intricate lace collars, and in most cases they would have been used by a maid.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 3 Syllabus Links
      • describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time (HT3-2)
      • apply a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication (HT3-5)
    • Stage 3 History - The Australian Colonies
      • The impact of a significant development or event on a colony(ACHHK095)
    • Historical concepts
      • Continuity and change - some things change over time and others remain the same.
      • Perspectives - people from the past will have different views and experiences.
      • Empathetic understanding - an understanding of another's point of view, way of life and decisions made in a different time, eg differing attitudes and experiences of living in an Australian colony; understanding the experiences of women and migrants.
    • Historical skills - Analysis and use of sources
      • locate information relevant to inquiry questions in a range of sources (ACHHS102, ACHHS121)
      • compare information from a range of sources (ACHHS103, ACHHS122)
    • Historical Skills - Perspectives and interpretations
      • identify different points of view in the past and present (ACHHS104, ACHHS123)
    • Historical Skills - Empathetic understanding
      • explain why the behaviour and attitudes of people from the past may differ from today
    • Historical Skills - Research
      • identify and pose questions to inform an historical inquiry (ACHHS100, ACHHS119)
      • identify and locate a range of relevant sources to support an historical inquiry (ACHHS101, ACHHS120)
    • Historical Skills - Explanation and communication
      • develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material (ACHHS105, ACHHS124)
      • use a range of communication forms (oral, written, graphic) and digital technologies. (ACHHS106, ACHHS125)
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Asher, L. (1985) "Martha Clendinning - A Woman’s Life on the Goldfields" in Lake, M & Kelly, F. (eds) Double Time - Women in Victoria - 150 Years Penguin Books.
    • Troy, P., (ed.), (2000) A History of European Housing in Australia Cambridge University Press
    • Webber, K. (2012) Daily life on the Goldfields Powerhouse Museum

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