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Warming Pan. Pierced Brass. 18th Century.


£185 | $246 USD | €210 EUR
Item Number: SA708372
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Rudolph Black
This antique has been viewed 22 times in the past month with the most views from France.


An exceptional 18th Century, pierced brass warming pan.
The lid depicting tulips in a vase, dolphins above and with a foliage border.
A turned beechwood handle.
Pan diameter 32cm x 12 cm deep. Length 110cm.
BOY: Mine host Pistol, you must come to my master,
and you, hostess: he is very sick, and would to bed.
Good Bardolph, put thy face between his sheets and
do the office of a warming-pan. Faith, he’s very ill. (Henry V Act 2, Scene 1)
Nowadays on those cold winter nights we have the luxury of climbing into a pre-warmed bed. Many people take a hot water bottle to warm their feet, while an electric blanket can be switched on in advance to warm the whole bed, ready for a snug night’s sleep. Both of these devices rely on modern technological advances and inventions; the rubber of the hot water bottle safely contains the boiling liquid, while the harnessed power of electricity heats the blanket and warms the bed.
Shakespeare and his contemporaries, however, did not have access to either of these devices: a warm bed necessitated the use of a warming pan like the one pictured here. The object has a long handle, to ensure a safe distance is kept from the hot contents of the pan at the end. The pan would be filled with hot coals or ashes and then placed into the bed between the sheets.
Good night!
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.

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Rudolph Black
United Kingdom

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