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Keeping Warm during the 17th-19th Century

10 May

Ritaroberts's Blog

It is on a cold winters night that there is nothing like climbing into a warm cosy bed previously heated by today’s modern centraly heated houses,or electric blanket, or even hot water bottles. But not so for our ancestors. Not only were there. no adequate windows in the medieval residences of England,the strong winds created draughts strong enough to blow out candles while being carried from room to room.The first sign of the approaching winter weather when frosts did not help keep beds from becoming damp and severely cold, was daunting to say the least for our ancestors. However, by the time of Elizabeth l , the problem had been solved and the warming pan was heartily welcomed.

 Early Copper Warming Pans.

The metal pan was hinged and could be filled with glowing embers or coals, the pan when placed between the sheets could be moved around the bed by the handle…

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3 responses to “Keeping Warm during the 17th-19th Century

  1. Mike Stewart

    May 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Rita! I have an old coal bed warmer that my grandmother owned. I think it may be one from the 18th century. Can I send you a picture of it for you to review and identify and give it an approximate value? I’d appreciate it!

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    • ritaroberts

      May 23, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Hello Mike, First of all what is the bed warmer made of. Is it copper or brass. ?

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      • Mike Stewart

        May 25, 2021 at 3:31 am

        Hi Rita, I apologize for the delay. The lid appears to be copper, and it is ornate with a design and holes pierced through it. The handle is wooden. The base that holds the coal has panel-like pieces inside the bottom and looks handmade.

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