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.
15 item(s) found:

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

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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