16 Jul 2012, Posted by DISD in Mystery Object, 5 Comments.
Once a month we post a mystery object. Can you guess what this one is? Add your guesses to the comment section and check back on Friday to find out the answer!
July 20, 2012
ANSWER: Portable Foot Warmer
This foot warmer, from approximately 1845, has a wooden frame with metal trimmings. The lid is decorated with a tapestry cover. A metal container is heated, either with water or charcoal, and then inserted inside the case. The warmth it produces radiates through the case and warms the feet that rest on the lid. This is a fine example of a portable footwarmer, useful for long carriage journeys, but appreciated at home too. Floors could be cold, particularly if they were made out of stone. Without central heating and double glazing large houses with high ceilings, even with a fire burning in the grate, could be quite chilly and draughty places.
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