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Early 19th Century Foot Warmer

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Product Description

This is another interesting piece being offered, it is a very early tin “Foot Warmer”, circa 1820s – 1850s. It is made of sheet-tin and measures 7” x 6 ½” x 5” high with a bail wire carrying handle. The sides, front door and top have been meticulously hand-punched and decorated. During the 18th and 19th centuries, these foot warmers were a necessity in a sleigh, wagon or carriage during the winter months of traveling. They were also used in the parlor (see painting).

Before the carriage trip, one would have to fill a generic tin bowl with hot coals from the fireplace and place it inside the door of the foot warmer. It did not produce a lot of heat but was enough to take the chill out during the ride.

This early 19th century piece remains in beautiful condition for its age – not rusted out or dented as many of the surviving examples. The seams are soldered, and you can actually see where some of the solder ran when the tin warmer would get too hot.

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