Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 5,029) of a water-heated foot warmer or "water foot-stove", made by George H. Thatcher of Ballston, NY, and patented on March 20, 1847. Consists of two compartments: the watertight upper half has two, angled compartments for placing one's feet, a high partition and sides, and a hood at front with spout in one corner; the perforated lower half contains the lamp, which can be accessed by the arched, hinged door at back and moved with the brass knob to its left. No marks.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Thatcher, George H.
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
iron wire (door handle material)
brass (knob material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
place made
United States: New York, Ballston Spa
associated place
United States: New York, Ballston Spa
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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