Learn about Bed Warmers / Warming Pans

In the cold European winters, bed warmers were a welcome comfort. The pan itself was made of brass or copper, and filled with hot coals, had a long wooden handle so it could be pushed under the covers of the bed into the position of the feet. If the bed was dry, the pan had to be constantly moved so it would not scorch the sheets, but this was not always a problem as sometimes the bedding was damp. The pan assisted in drying out the bed clothes. Some warming pans had patterns marked out in piercing to the lids, which also allowed the heat to escape. Although metal and ceramic hot bottles haad been in use since the 16th century, it was the invention and subsequent widepread popularity of the rubber hot water bottle in 1903 that led to the demise of the bed warmer.
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Antique 18th century French pierced copper and oak warming pan, approx 105 cm

A Georgian copper bed warmer, early 19th century, of typical circular shape with a rolled rim, the cover pierced and with remnant engraving and prick work foliate decorations, riveted and attached to a long ebonised turned handle. Length 121 cm

A Georgian copper bed warmer, early 19th century, of typical circular shape with a rolled rim, the cover pierced and with remnant engraving and prick work foliate decorations, riveted and attached to a long ebonised turned handle. Length 133 cm

Two antique French bed warming pans, one copper and one brass both with turned wooden handles, approx 91 cm long, 28 cm diameter (2)

Two antique English copper and brass bed warming pans both with turned fruit wood handles, approx 120 cm long

Two antique French bed warming pans, one copper and the other brass (2)

Two antique brass bowls and a Villedieu copper warming pan, early 20th century (bowls), and later, the two large brass bowls of rustic form, one with a hammered finish throughout; the copper ornamental warming pan with a pierced floral lid and a turned oak

A 19th century copper warming pan with turned oak handle. Pan diameter 30 cm

Antique French copper preserving pan, lidded pot and a bed warmer (3)

A brass trivet and a copper measure or ale warmer, 19th to 20th century, the pierced trivet of oval form raised on four slender baluster legs; the copper measure or ale warmer of conical form with a rolled rim and a hollow rivet joined 'C' form handle, fun

Two antique English copper bed warming pans, each with turned fruitwood handles (2)

Large French copper milk jug, hand beaten copper umbrella stand & a bed warmer (3)

An antique copper bed warmer, of typical circular shape with a rolled rim, the cover pierced and lightly engraved with foliate and floral decorations, riveted and attached to a long wooden shaped handle. Length 128 cm

An antique copper bed warming pan, 19th century, of typical form with a decoratively pierced and engraved hinged pan and a turned and stained ash handle. Length 75 cm.

An antique copper bed warming pan, 19th century, of typical form with a decoratively pierced and engraved hinged pan and a turned and stained ash handle. Length 122 cm

An antique copper bed warming pan, 19th century, of typical form with a decoratively pierced and engraved hinged pan and a turned and stained beech handle. Length 123 cm

English 19th century brass and copper Chestnut warmer, together with brass and copper pan with long turned wood handle

A 19th century copper bed warmer, with a mahogany handle. Length 118 cm

A 19th century copper bed warming pan, with pierced and engraved decoration and a turned mahogany handle. Length 113 cm

An early 19th century copper bed warmer with ebonized handle.

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