Foot Warmer and Lantern Patent Model

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Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 10,769) of a combination foot warmer or stove and lantern, made by Francis Arnold of Haddam, CT, and patented on April 11, 1854. Features a cast-brass hinged door with quatrefoil heart design backed by insinglas on front, curved gothic- or pointed-arch sides and back, and pendant sawtooth-edged top plate with central circular opening, raised heart-and-daisy motifs in corners and wooden guard attached at front; bail handle looped through tabs in top also has a strip of wood hanging from a wire coil that swings down to support handle when raised. Four square washers on underside of cast-iron bottom plate double as feet. Contains a handled, two-wick, ovoid-body lamp held in place by a brown velvet-covered strap wired to box bottom. Entire piece painted green with metallic gold trim; inventor's name, place and year painted in yellow on cover. Reproduction patent tag with faded red wove ribbon is printed and handwritten with patent information for the "Foot Warmer".
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Arnold, Francis
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United States: Connecticut, Haddam
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United States: Connecticut, Haddam
Physical Description
brass (top plate; sides; door material)
pewter or britannia (lamp material)
iron, tinned sheet (burner material)
iron, cast (bottom plate material)
wood (guards; grip material)
paint (exterior finish material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 9 1/8 in x 7 3/8 in; 8.89 cm x 23.1775 cm x 18.7325 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History