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The Morphy Richards vintage working iron

A wartime iron that is still being used after 80 years has been named the UK’s oldest working Morphy Richards appliance. To mark its 85th anniversary, the brand launched a nationwide hunt for vintage appliances that are still in working order.

The Senior iron is owned and used by Chris West, whose grandmother bought the appliance in the 1940s for 41 shillings, a hefty price tag at a time when materials were in short supply.

But the original Senior iron turned out to be a bargain buy, becoming a family heirloom when Ivy gifted it to her grandson Chris.

“My grandmother Ivy Sutton gave the iron to me when I bought my first flat back in the 80s as a moving in present,” states Chris, who lives in Petts Wood, southeast London. “It’s great that it’s still in the family after all these years.”

Above: The Morphy Richards Senior iron that has stood the test of time.
Above: The Morphy Richards Senior iron that has stood the test of time.

Thrilled to win the competition, Chris reflects: “It’s a strange coincidence that I live very close to where the Morphy Richards factory was in Orpington in the old days too!”

Andreas Fredriksson, category director Home at Morphy Richards comments: “During our 85 years we’ve strived to create ground-breaking products that stand the test of time, and it’s been great to hear Chris’ story and to know his grandmother’s iron is still going strong after all these years, highlighting a fascinating piece of Morphy Richards history.

“Morphy Richards has certainly grown since starting as a small independent business back 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.”


Above: Chris West with his 80 year-old iron.

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