Foot Warmer Patent Model

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.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Hock, Hermann
Zilz, Jacob
Physical Description
mahogany (box material)
velvet, silk (upholstery material)
iron (container material)
tin (container material)
brass (hardware material)
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
catalog number
patent number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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