Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 51,534) of a kerosene-burning foot stove or warmer with illumination lens, made by Josias J. Andrews of Clyde, IL, and patented on December 19, 1865. Made in two cylindrical parts held together by two pins. The upper portion has small perforations on top and large perforations around its rim to allow air to escape, while the lower portion includes the reservoir, wick burner, spring-operated regulator, and a raised foot ring with large perforations around its outside edge that create an updraft with those above. Upper part engraved in script on one side "J. J. Andrews / foot warmer", with circular lens opposite; small loop at top center for handle.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Andrews, Josias J.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 8.5725 cm x 15.875 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Whiteside
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patent number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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