Posted 5 years ago
Hello collector friends!!!
I recently bought an antique French made trunk, that I'm currently working on, and found this item inside the trunk. It was pretty dirty and tarnished, so I cleaned it up a bit. I had no worldly idea what this was or what it was once used for.
Thanks to our CW friend bobby725, I now know this is a French made foot warmer. Based on searches, this foot warmer dates back to the late 1800's. It's constructed of brass, has a chain attached for carrying (or perhaps just for hanging) with brass screws in the top and bottom. It's about 10" long, 6" wide and about 2" thick. It does have a brass plug that unscrews to allow for filling with hot water and draining. Amazingly enough, I've filled it with hot water and not only does it work well, but doesn't leak either!
This version was available in two styles. One had a tray that you'd put hot charcoal in and reinsert it into the container. This one is the hot water version. Once filled with hot water, this one gets pretty hot, as brass absorbs and retains heat quite well. So, I can't imagine how hot one of these would have been with hot charcoals inside. Pretty hot I'd say!
Mystery solved!! A BIG thanks goes out to our CW friend bobby725 (Rob) for solving this mystery. Thank you Rob!!!!!
Thanks for stopping and having a look!!!