Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | January 26, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Copper bed warming pan.

scan0089A copper bed warming pan, second quarter of the 19th century.  Wooden handle.

Before the advent of central heating it was necessary to find ways to keep warm.  Heated with hot coals, the bed warming pan was a favourite.

According to Henry J. Kauffman in his book AMERICAN COPPER & BRASS, there “…were two schools of thought about the correct way to use the warming pan.  One group insisted that the pan be used with the bed closed, the other argued that the bed should be opened.  The latter group contended that the smoke would soil the bed linen and, therefore, the bed should be open…”

This warming pan was donated to the Cornwall Community Museum in 1957 by Miss Mary Mack.

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