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TITLE
Smoothing Iron for Ironing Clothes
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P268
DISTRICT
Orkney
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31638
KEYWORDS
stones
irons
ironing
tools
household chores
Viking
Smoothing Iron for Ironing Clothes

This is a rounded stone used to iron clothes. The stone could be heated and used in conjunction with a board made of whale-bone. The Vikings are known to have used this technique, and their influence extended not only to Orkney, where this stone was found, but to other Northern and Western isles and to parts of the mainland. In Caithness, for example, many place-names show this Norse influence. They include the town of Wick, which derives its name from the Norse word 'vik', meaning 'a bay'.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Smoothing Iron for Ironing Clothes

1870s

stones; irons; ironing; tools; household chores; Viking

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

This is a rounded stone used to iron clothes. The stone could be heated and used in conjunction with a board made of whale-bone. The Vikings are known to have used this technique, and their influence extended not only to Orkney, where this stone was found, but to other Northern and Western isles and to parts of the mainland. In Caithness, for example, many place-names show this Norse influence. They include the town of Wick, which derives its name from the Norse word 'vik', meaning 'a bay'. <br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)