Sad Iron Heater, Nurse Lamp, and Foot Stove Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 75,802) of a combination sad iron heater, nurse lamp and foot warmer or stove, made by Eleazer Small of Dennis Port, MA, and patented on March 24, 1868. Consists of a diamond-perforated, square, brass box on four, cast paw feet fitted with a strap-handled sliding door on one side, two oval ring handles on two other sides, and a friction-fit, flat, copper cover, also with oval ring handle. Contains a removable, pivoting, vertical divider, and a D- or ear-shaped, strap-handled tray with six, single-wick burners. Pierced flat bottom. Copper rivets. No marks.
Can also be used as a travelling cook stove and food warmer.
Currently not on view
Object Name
heater, sad iron
lamp, nurse
warmer, foot
patent date
Small, Eleazer
Physical Description
brass (box; divider; tray; burners material)
copper (cover; rivets material)
metal, white (feet material)
cotton (wicks material)
overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 9 in; 11.7475 cm x 24.13 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Dennis Port
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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