That’s not just ANY old iron! Man whose appliance was originally bought by his grandmother in early 1940s for 41 shillings before she gifted it to him as a moving-in present claims it is STILL working after 80 年份
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A man whose grandmother gifted him with an iron from the early 1940s as a housewarming present has claimed the appliance is still in working order 80 多年后.
Chris West, 56, from Petts Wood, south east 伦敦, who claims to have Britain’s oldest working iron, was given the Morphy Richards Senior iron by his grandmother Ivy Sutton when he moved into his first flat in the 1980s.
The appliance was purchased in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – around £35 in today’s money – and has worked flawlessly for decades, Mr West claims.
After entering an online competition to find the country’s oldest working iron, Mr West also said he was stunned to discover he had won
Mr West, who works as a manager for a cleaning and hygiene supplier and who still uses the iron on a regular basis, 说过: ‘My grandmother Ivy Sutton gave the iron to me when I bought my first flat back in the 80s as a moving in present.
‘It’s great that it’s still in the family after all these years.
‘It goes far hotter than the modern irons. It has a very hot setting that does linen especially far better than the newer ones. When I need to use it, it does the job brilliantly. It is very well built and much heavier as well.
‘It is only a tiny little thing but is very heavy. We were trying to work out the exact date my nan bought it. My mum is still alive and she can definitely remember her having it in the 1950s.
‘We know it had a price ticket of 41 shillings – so it’s proved pretty good value over all these years. The factory where it was built is very near where I now live.
‘I haven’t had to do any repairs on it and never had any problems. The only thing I ever did was fit a more modern plug on it.
‘I iron all my clothes and have two other irons alongside it during the last 30 年份. But I still use this one when the time is right for it.’
Chris West, 56, from Petts Wood, 伦敦东南部, was given the Morphy Richards iron by his grandmother when he moves into his first flat
Ivy Richards purchased the appliance in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – around £35 in today’s money
‘It’s a strange coincidence that I live very close to where the Morphy Richards factory was in Orpington in the old days too!’
Chris said he saw the competition for the oldest appliance still in existence and thought I’d give it a go.
And he said his parents Pam, 81, and Brian, 82, were chuffed with the result.
他加了: ‘I also genuinely like the look. It is very retro with old style colours, a muted green they had on motor cars at that point. It is not something I would ever give away. I was told the science museum might be interested but haven’t heard back from them.
‘Owning what has been called Britain’s oldest iron I found quite amusing. My parents were both really chuffed by it. My grandmother passed away in 2000 but she would be pleased as well that I have looked after it and it has come to some attention. I was brought up that you just don’t waste things or throw them out if there is nothing wrong with them.
‘Things were built to last back them. I still have the same saucepans I bought 30 years ago as well. If you buy decent stuff, then it lasts.
‘It is the first ever online competition and I am chuffed I have won. I only entered as I figured I had a decent chance.’
Chris said the iron was given to him by his nan Ivy Sutton when he got his first flat in Catford in 1989. 她死于 2000 老化的 89.
他加了: ‘I didn’t have too much money so she gave me an old iron she did not use anymore.
‘I think she got it out of a cupboard. I guess I am quite old fashioned. Even the ironing board I have is older than me and is from my parents.’
The Senior iron was launched in 1938 and was the first of its kind to have a pilot light which indicated when the temperature was correct for different fabrics.
The online competition for Britain’s oldest iron was run by Morphy Richards to mark their 85th anniversary this year.
The British company, which specialises in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances, was founded by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards during the 1930s.
在七月 1936, they registered their new enterprises as a private company manufacturing and dealing in electrical, 气体, radio and television equipment.
After entering an online competition to find the country’s oldest working iron, Mr West discovered his iron has won
The British company was founded by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards during the 1930s and specialises in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances
第二次世界大战期间, the company was given a government contract to produce aircraft components before going on to launch as a public company in 1947.
By the 1950s, Morphy Richards irons featured bevelled soleplates, heat control and comfortable grips.
Andreas Fredriksson, Category Director Home at Morphy Richards, 说过: ‘During our 85 years we’ve strived to create ground-breaking products that stand the test of time, and it’s been great to hear Chris’ story and to know his grandmother’s iron is still going strong after all these years, highlighting a fascinating piece of Morphy Richards history.
‘Morphy Richards has certainly grown since starting as a small independent business back in 1936, but our ethos of creating reliable products lives on, and we’re proud to have been part of people’s homes for 85 年份。’