For sale is an early 1900s BLACKLOCK SAD IRON No 5. This heavy cast iron is rust free. This iron is pitted and missing the removable wood handle. Iron measures about 5 3/4 inches in length. A No 5 iron should weigh about 5 pounds. This iron weighs 4 pounds and 6 ounces. This iron is the perfect size for a book end, door stop, paper weight or as display item for your kitchen.
Between 1896 and 1910, Joseph Lodge’s company, the Blacklock Foundry made Blacklock cast iron sad irons. In 1910, after the Blacklock Foundry was destroyed by fire, the company rebuilt and renamed company the Lodge Manufacturing Company. The SAD iron for sale predates 1910.
Sad irons, also called flat irons or smoothing irons, are shaped pieces of metal that are flat and polished on one side and have a handle attached to the other, created for the purpose of de-wrinkling fabric. “Sad” is an old English word for “solid,” and the term “sad iron” is often used to distinguish the largest and heaviest of flat irons, usually 5 to 9 pounds. The forebears to modern electric irons, flat irons are often triangular or come to a point to make it easier to iron around buttons. The heft of a sad iron would help it hold heat, as well as to press the fabric flat. To protect fabric and surfaces from singeing, sad irons often came with metal trivets to rest on. Sad irons are often-beautiful, intricate, and collectible examples of metalwork.