Stoneware Foot Warmer, 1840-1860

Summary

Foot warmers solved the problem of cold feet in past generations. Some warmers held charcoal, others held hot water. Pottery, tin, and soapstone were the favored materials to conduct the heat. The warmer was kept under the feet, then the legs and feet were tucked into a blanket, providing welcome warmth in a cold carriage or church.

Foot warmers solved the problem of cold feet in past generations. Some warmers held charcoal, others held hot water. Pottery, tin, and soapstone were the favored materials to conduct the heat. The warmer was kept under the feet, then the legs and feet were tucked into a blanket, providing welcome warmth in a cold carriage or church.

Artifact

Foot warmer

Date Made

1840-1860

Creators

Warner, William E. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Watervliet 

Creator Notes

Possibly made by William E. Warner in Watervliet, New York.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

57.65.11

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Ceramic (Material)
Salt glaze

Technique

Glazing (Coating)

Color

Cobalt blue (Color)
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.25 in

Width: 12.5 in

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