Foot Warmer

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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
date made
ca 1865
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of Miss Elizabeth S. Stevens
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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