George R. Edmondson's "Ironrite Mangle Ironer" Page
A great resource for Ironrite Ironer collectors!
History of The Ironrite Ironer Company, Mount Clemens, MI
"The Ironrite business was established in Detroit in 1911 by Herman A. Sperlich and John H. Uhlig as a jobbing machine shop. Manufacture of washing machines began in 1917, and production of Ironrite ironers commenced in 1921, with J.L. Hudson's as Ironrite's first retail dealer. At that time, the company name was the Sperlich and Uhlig Company, but the corporate name was changed to The Ironrite Ironer Company on May 12, 1927."
English Registry Marks at the Phoenixmasonry website.
Marks of Makers of Copper and Brass Ware at the Old Copper Website
Trademark logos of Manning Bowman, "The Cadillac of Housewares."
A blacksmith artist signs his work with a touchmark. Identifying a touchmark can help in differentiating old from new iron. You can view modern touchmarks here: Anvilefire Touchmark Registry
Patent Models are very collectible and rare. To learn more about the history of Patent Models in the United States, see the following article by Donald W. Hogan. Unwanted Treasures of the Patent Office. American Heritage Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 2, February 1958.
See also the Barnes "Swan on Swan" Photo Album.