Foot Warmer (Foot Stove)

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Red-painted wooden foot warmer or stove with an ogee-molded, overhanging rectangular top and square bottom, three sides carved with pinwheel motifs, and an inset door with single heart mounted on wooden pegs at left; top, sides and door are perforated with drilled holes. A wrought bail handle hooks through wire loops on top and a wire loop door pull and pivot closure are at right. Contains a wire-rimmed, cylindrical brazier or pan for holding the heat source, made of two pieces with folded seams; a roughly circular piece of thick leather lines top. Top is a repurposed 8-by-8 checkerboard (flipped over), while bottom underside is partially carved with pinwheel design and back interior with heart; nailed construction. No marks.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1775
place made
United States
Physical Description
oak, white (sides material)
paint (decoration material)
iron, wrought (handle material)
iron, wire (pulls material)
leather (interior lining material)
iron, tinned sheet (brazier or pan material)
maple (top material)
pine (sides; door material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 7 3/4 in; 17.4625 cm x 23.8125 cm x 19.685 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Preston R. Bassett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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