Foot Warmer Patent Model

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. Consists of a square box having a latched, hinged door with an insinglas-covered, heart-pierced quatrefoil on front and open gothic- or pointed-arch sides and back. Scalloped-sided top plate has a heart-and-daisy motif in each corner, a circular opening with handled cover at center, and a wooden guard attached along front. Wooden-grip wire bail handle also has a strip of wood on a wire coil that swings down to support handle when raised upright for using as a lantern. Contains a handled, conical lamp held in place by a clasping spring around its body. Circular top cover painted in yellow "FRANCIS ARNOLD / HADDAM CON. / 1853."
Can also be used as a nurse lamp, travelling cook stove and food warmer.
Currently not on view
Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Arnold, Francis
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (guards; grip material)
paint (top and cover decoration material)
metal, white (lamp 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
place made
United States: Connecticut, Haddam
associated place
United States: Connecticut, Haddam
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession 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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