Foot Warmer

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 172,773) of a foot warmer or stove, made by Edward A. Reed of Oliver Springs, TN, and patented on January 25, 1876. Consists of a stepped-top or rabbeted-edge rectangular box with a cylindrical chimney at one end and a hinged door at the other; arched straps at both ends serve as guards while the cross-strap between is both for support and a handle. Contains a smaller, removable, rectangular box for the fuel with a hinged front door fitted with a damper; a hole pierced at top back lines up with the chimney. Copper rivets. No marks. No tags.
Can also be used as a travelling cook stove.
Currently not on view
Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Reed, Edwards A.
Physical Description
copper (exterior box; chimney; straps; rivets material)
steel (interior box material)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in; 29.845 cm x 21.59 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
United States: Tennessee, Oliver Springs
associated place
United States: Tennessee, Oliver Springs
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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