Item 2021.25 - Bed warmer

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Bed warmer

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CA ON00428 2021.25

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  • ca. 1920 (Creation)
    Bourne Denby

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1 bed warmer : stoneware ; 12 x 22 x 12 cm

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One of the oldest pottery manufacturers in England, the Denby pottery was established in 1809 by William Bourne in Derbyshire. The company was responsible for patenting new improvements to the kiln and produced a range of decorative and functional stonewares including: foot warmers, ink bottles, various jars, kitchen products, and spirit bottles.

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Item is a ceramic bed warmer or foot warmer. Originally, bed warmers used hot coals from a fire to warm the bed before use. This example, however, could stay in the bed as the user slept and would be filled with hot water.

The warmer is designed to replicate a small Gladstone bag and features faux stitching patterns along the seams. The original handle has been replaced with a leather tie, but the item still has the original wooden stopper.

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      "B.E.D" embossed on front of warmer. Bottom reads: "Bourne Denby England, Reg'd No. 740416"

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      • English

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