Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 35,936) of a foot warmer or stove, made by Solomon Hunt of Danville, IN, and patented on July 22, 1862. Consists of a wooden box with a black-curtained, angled front opening enclosing a slanted, slotted platform with copper plate underneath on which to place one's feet; the opening at bottom back holds a sliding alcohol-burning lamp with loop strap handle. Top has a bail handle at front and rectangular brass plaque at back marked "Solomon Hunt / Danville, Ind". Two small brass-lined ventilation holes at sides. Black plain-weave curtain with a pink, blue and yellow, machine-stitched border is tacked in place.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Hunt, Solomon
Physical Description
mahogany (box material)
copper (radiator plate material)
cloth (curtain material)
brass (ventilation holes material)
metal, white (handle material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 9 in x 11 1/8 in; 19.05 cm x 22.86 cm x 28.2575 cm
place made
United States: Indiana, Danville
associated place
United States: Illinois, Danville
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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