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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer form: Clifford Brooks Stevens, American, 1911–1995
Designer (mechanical): Edward P. Schreyer, American, born Hungary, 1886–1980
Manufacturer: Waverly Tool Company, American

“Petipoint” Iron, Model No. W410

Patented 1941

Chromium-plated steel, steel, Bakelite and fiber-wrapped cord

4 3/4 × 5 × 10 in. (12.065 × 12.7 × 25.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Newman
Industrial designers applied streamlined aesthetics to a myriad of household appliances, particularly irons, where evocations of efficiency and speed appeared to ease a hot and often tedious domestic chore. The Petipoint iron, styled by Clifford Brooks Stevens and Edward Schreyer, is a particularly exuberant example of streamlining: the lozenge-shaped iron has rounded vents on the sides that resemble wings and the ergonomic, molded plastic handle is inscribed with horizontal speed lines that echo the vents. Based in Milwaukee, Stevens produced numerous designs for local manufacturers and helped found the Society of Industrial Designers in 1944.
Manufactured in Sandusky, Ohio
Designed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
On view
20th century
Tools and Equipment

Jane and Matthew Newman, Saint Louis, by 1987-2010


John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 329, no. 228.

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2010.pdf (accessed 2012).

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