Lantern and Foot Warmer Patent Model

Full-size patent model (U.S. Patent No. 67,622) of a combination lantern and foot warmer or stove, made by Stephen M. Wirts and Frank Swift of Hudson, MI, and patented on August 6, 1867. Consists of a wooden box with two hinged sides that open from the top; the side with the oval window contains the lamp, while the opposite side is a slanted surface covered with a piece of red velvet nailed along one edge for placing one's feet. Square perforated chimney on top and ventilation holes in box ends. Brass post-and-bail handle. Nailed construction. No marks.
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Object Name
warmer, foot
patent date
Wirts, Stephen M.
Swift, Frank
Physical Description
wood (box material)
iron (chimney; interior box material)
tin (chimney; interior box material)
glass (window material)
velvet (cloth lining material)
brass (handle material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 8.89 cm x 12.3825 cm x 6.6675 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Hudson
associated place
United States: Michigan, Hudson
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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