The iron, which his grandmother gave him in 1940s for housewarming presents, is still being used today by a man who owns it.
Chris West, 56, from Petts Wood, south east London, who claims to have Britain’s oldest working iron, was given the Morphy Richards Senior iron by his grandmother Ivy Sutton as a He was present at the time he moved into his first home in the 1980s.
It was bought in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – around £35 in today’s money – and has worked flawlessly for decades, Mr West claims.
Mister West was also stunned to hear that he won an online competition for the nation’s oldest-working iron.
According to Mr West, the iron is still used on a daily basis by him.
“It is great to have it in my family all these years.
Chris West, 56 years old, is from Petts Wood in south-east London. His grandmother gave him the Morphys Iron when he moved into his first flat.
Ivy Richards purchased the appliance in the early 1940s for 41 schillings – around £35 in today’s money
“It is a weird coincidence that I live so close to the Morphy Richards factory in Orpington in old times too!”
He said, “It’s amazing news that I won. This is the first time I entered an online completion and I am thrilled.”
In 1938, the Senior iron was first to feature a pilot light that indicated the right temperature for various fabrics.
Morphy Richards organized an online contest to find Britain’s oldest iron, in celebration of their 85th year.
The British company, which specialises in irons, hair dryers, toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances, was founded by Donal Morphy and Charles Richards during the 1930s.
Their new venture was registered as a private corporation manufacturing and trading in television and radio equipment.
In an internet competition, Mr West entered to win the iron that was considered the nation’s oldest-working iron.
Donal and Charles Richards started the British company during the 1930s. They specialize in irons as well as hair dryers.
It received an order from the Government to manufacture components for aircraft during World War II. The company went on to become a public company and was launched in 1947.
Morphy Richards irons were made with bevelled soleplates and heat control in the 1950s.
Andreas Fredriksson was Category Director Home at Morphy Richards.
“Morphy Richards’ business has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 1936 as an independent small-business. But, our core belief of making reliable products is still alive and well. We’re honored to be a part of so many people’s lives for over 85 years.