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Man whose iron was bought by his grandmother in the early 1940s claims it STILL works

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That’s not just ANY scrap iron! Man whose device was originally bought by his grandmother in the early 1940s for 41 shillings before gifting it to him as a moving gift, claims it STILL works after 80 YEARS

  • Chris West, from Petts Wood, South East London, donated Morphy Richards iron
  • His grandmother Ivy gave it to him as a gift when he moved into a flat in the 80s
  • Iron bought in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – about £35 in today’s money
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A man whose grandmother gifted him an early 1940s iron as a housewarming gift claimed the appliance is still in working order 80 years later.

Chris West, 56, of Petts Wood, South East London, who claims to have Britain’s oldest working iron, was given the Morphy Richards Senior iron from his grandmother Ivy Sutton as a present when he moved into his first flat in the 1980s.

The device has been purchased in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – about £35 in today’s money – and has worked flawlessly for decades, Mr West claims.

After taking part in an online competition to find the oldest working iron in the country, Mr. West also said he was stunned to find out he had won.

Mr West, who still uses the iron regularly, said: ‘My grandmother Ivy Sutton gave me the iron when I bought my first flat in the 1980s as a moving gift.

Glad it’s still in the family after all these years.

Chris West, 56, of Petts Wood, South East London, got his grandmother’s Morphy Richards iron when he moved into his first flat

Ivy Richards bought the device in the early 1940s for 41 schillings - about £35 in today's money

Ivy Richards bought the device in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – about £35 in today’s money

“It’s a strange coincidence that I used to live very close to Morphy Richards’ factory in Orpington too!”

He added: “It’s incredible news that I’ve won – this is the first online completion I’ve ever done, and I’m excited.”

Launched in 1938, the Senior iron was the first of its kind to feature a pilot light that indicated when the temperature was right for different fabrics.

This year’s online competition for Britain’s oldest iron was hosted by Morphy Richards to mark their 85th anniversary.

Specializing in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances, the British company was founded in the 1930s by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards.

After entering an online competition to find the oldest working iron in the country, Mr. West found that his iron has won

After entering an online competition to find the oldest working iron in the country, Mr. West found that his iron has won

The British company was founded in the 1930s by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards and specializes in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances

The British company was founded in the 1930s by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards and specializes in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances

In July 1936, they registered their new ventures as a private company manufacturing and trading electrical, gas, radio and television equipment.

During World War II, the company was awarded a government contract to manufacture aircraft parts before opening as a publicly traded company in 1947.

Andreas Fredriksson, Category Director Home at Morphy Richards, said: “Over our 85 years we have strived to create groundbreaking products that stand the test of time, and it was great to hear Chris’s story and know that the iron of his grandmother still going strong after all these years, highlighting a fascinating piece of Morphy Richards history.

“Morphy Richards has certainly grown since its inception as a small independent company 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 years.”

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