Of great age, this Early American bed
warming pan was made between the Pre Revolutionary War era years c.1750
up to the very early Federal era of the 1800's. The shape and
form of the domed lid and the deep dovetailed pan place it exactly in that
time period. The lid is etched and pierced brass and it has a hand dovetailed
hand hammered brass bottom with a blacksmith made forged iron handle with
lathe turned oak end piece. Rare to find one that is this early. To
come across one that was in use during George Washington's life time is a
At the center of the lid is a large
engraved Six Pointed Star surrounded by a framework of fancy pierced ovals.
Around the edge of the lid there is a charming decoration of finely
engraved wheel shapes each one surrounded by miniature turkey foot track
engraving and highly detailed tiny leaves. Worth looking at these small
engraved decorations with a magnifying glass since they are quite detailed,
the leaves showing fine lines and the turkey-foot shapes so very tiny and
yet so detailed are just delightful.
The edge of the dome shaped lid is
wrapped over a heavy wrought iron ring and folded over. A folded brass
flange forms part of the hinge that attaches the lid to the pan, riveted
through with hand hammered brass and copper rivets that can be seen on both
the lid, the pan and the handle.
The deep pan is made of hand hammered
brass. The top edge has a wide rim that folds over a flat wrought iron
collar ring that gave the pan strength when filled with hot coals to warm
the bed. Small rivets hold the collar ring in
The wrought iron handle displays
beautifully the work of the blacksmith with plenty of hammer marks and nice
detail where it meets the turned oak handle.
A true beauty of an American Bed Warmer,
and still perfectly usable!
Size: length 33" -
11-3/4" across the lid - 4-1/2"
In excellent condition with no repairs
or splits to the metal. The pan both on the interior and exterior shows
authentic wear and use but is still strong and sturdy. The turned oak
handle is tight and strong to the wrought iron and it in turn is tight to
the pan and the hinge is still strong holding the lid on