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Object ID # 1959.025.003ab
Object Name Warmer, Foot
Other Name Stoneware Pig
Title Doulton's Improved Foot Warmer
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Artist Doulton's Limited, Lambeth, England
Made Doulton's Limited, Lambeth, England
Place of Origin Lambeth, England
Description Ceramic stoneware, horizontally, cylindrical "pig" type foot warmer (Doulton's Improved Foot Warmer) (a) and plug (b). This type of vessel would be filled with hot water (a re-usable hot water bottle sort of item) and then placed in one's bed under one's covers to provide warmth. They were called "pigs" because of the snout-like shape of the handle. The handle is moulded in concentric circles. It has white glaze with transfer-printed blue-black designs and lettering. Impressed on the ceramic plug (filling cap) is "DOULTON'S LIMITED LAMBETH." There is a large hole in the form of a ring, which is threaded and filled with a large removable plug that has a serrated edge and a thread with a rubber washer. Around the ring is a leafy design outside of an eight-curved motif. On either side of the design around the plug is a banner with a spade (like that which is on a playing card). "DOULTON'S IMPROVED FOOT WARMER" is printed in a banner design on 2 sides. "LAMBETH POTTERY LONDON" is also printed. Also has "THE T. EATON CO. LIMITED TORONTO AND WINNIPEG printed on it. The bottom is rough and unglazed, with black marks scribbled on it.
Makers mark Impressed wording on the plug:
Provenance This stoneware footwarmer was made at a pottery at Lambeth, England that was called "Doulton's Limited". It apparently was made for the retailer T. Eaton Co. Ltd. (Toronto & Winnipeg), which was a Canadian catalogue order business that had started as a department store in 1869 that began its mail order catalogue in 1884.

Previously owned by Miss Leona Chisholm of Owen Sound, Ontario.
Collection Heating Equipment Collection
Material Ceramic/Glaze/Transfer Print
Dimensions H-13 W-10.6 L-24.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Chisholm, Leona