Wonderful old Georgian Foot Warmer box made of solid hand carved oak with a lovely antique patina from the 18th century. The box would have originally contained a metal hopper, which was heated, and the heat would have come up through the perforated top. These boxes were used in carriages, or in other cold places in the home or at church, to add some warm comfort. It has a metal carrying handle, which still has some of the old gilded plate. This box has an interesting history in that it appears to have been converted long ago (perhaps during the 19th century) into an alms or offertory box by cutting an additional slot in the top. The box has a lock and working key which may have been added at the time of its conversion.
Beautifully and heavily hand chip carved, a charming item that looks lovely on display.
It measures 9.25 inches (23.5cm) x 9 inches (22.5cm) x 7.5 inches (19.25cm) high.
It is in very good antique condition with some wear on the corners and the usual shrinkage cracking and distortion of the wood. This is all expected and desirable with a box of this age. The lock is temperamental, sometimes it works fine but others it sticks a bit and has to be fiddled with. Please examine the photographs to help you make your assessment of the box’s appearance and condition, and if you need further photographs or information please do not hesitate to contact me.
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