Hassock and Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 219,572) of a combined hassock or cushion and foot warmer, made by J. Augustus Folsom of Boston, MA, and patented on September 16, 1879. Consists of an oval padded footrest covered in floral, Brussels or looped-pile carpeting with leather piping that has a shallow cavity or compartment for holding an oval piece of soapstone with a brass bail handle. Cushion interior also carpet-lined. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Physical Description
wool (covering material)
leather (covering material)
soapstone (slug material)
brass (slug handle material)
overall: 4 1/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 7 in; 10.4775 cm x 23.495 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent 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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