Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 35,532) of a foot warmer, made by Joseph Merrill and John H. Rowe of Boston, MA, and patented on June 20, 1862. Consists of a black wool-covered wooden box on four, compressed-ball feet containing two, removable, padded and woven fur-lined "foot-cases" or compartments for placing one's feet; springs on sides of compartments for a snug fit. Spring-upholstered top for using as a foot stool or kneeler. No marks.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Merrill, Joseph W.
Rowe, John H.
Physical Description
wool (cloth covering material)
fur (clothing lining material)
iron wire (springs material)
wood (box; feet material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 14.605 cm x 21.59 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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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