Foot Warmer Patent Model

Description
Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 50,123) of a hot water- or sand-heated foot warmer or stove, made by Hermann Hock and Jacob Zilz of Philadelphia, PA, and patented on September 26, 1865. Consists of a wooden box with a red velvet-upholstered, hinged lid that contains a removable tinplate container or reservoir with brass ring-handled plug for the heat source. Off-white wool-lined interior. Rectangular silver plaque mounted below spring latch is engraved "H. Hock & J. Zilz / Phil\a." in script surrounded by flourishes.
This patent model is the protoype for foot warmer DL*311658.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
1865-09-26
inventor
Hock, Hermann
Zilz, Jacob
Physical Description
mahogany (box material)
velvet, silk (upholstery material)
iron (container material)
tin (container material)
brass (hardware material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 7 1/4 in x 5 7/8 in; 7.62 cm x 18.415 cm x 14.9225 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
DL*251770
catalog number
251770
patent number
50,123
accession number
48890
subject
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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