Foot Warmer

Hot water- or sand-heated foot warmer or stove, consisting of a square, string-inlaid wooden box on four gilded ball feet with an upholstered, hinged lid that contains a removable, hinged-top, tinplate container or reservoir for the heat source. Green velvet upholstery with metallic ribbonwork and brass tacks; fleece-lined interior. Inside edge of box is trimmed with blue-white-and-pink gimp that is attached to inside edge of lid to prevent it from falling back. Hook-and-eye closure. No marks.
Hermann Hock and Jacob Zilz of Philadelphia, PA, patented the design for this foot warmer in 1865 (U.S. Patent No. 50,123); for their patent model, see DL*251770.
Currently not on view
Object Name
warmer, foot
date made
ca 1865
Physical Description
mahogany (box material)
wood, light (stringing material)
velvet, silk (upholstery material)
fleece (lining material)
tin (container material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 14 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 9.525 cm x 36.195 cm x 29.845 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog 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
Credit Line
Bequest of Miss Elizabeth S. Stevens
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