1) The box-iron was a smoothing-iron which had a cavity into which a ‘heater’ could be inserted, that is a triangular piece of heated iron.

1796 a box iron, heaters, a flat iron, Cartworth. William Newton of Sheffield was a box iron maker in 1767.

spellings box-iron maker
places Sheffield
dates 1767

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