Among the most interesting articles for collectors of historic metalware are the warming pans in which hot coals were carried to warm bedsheets on cold nights. They're also known as bed warmers and ember pans. Highly functional before central heating, they now cast a warm glow as hearthside ornaments - and are also prized by museums for the folkloric art that often adorns their lids.
This example comes from England and can be dated broadly circa 1780 - 1880. The pan's construction closely resembles one offered elsewhere online as Georgian, but we like to be conservative in dating so are calling it Victorian.
The turned wood of bed warmer handles is customarily oak or elm and the pans are generally made either of copper or brass. Some, however, were made with a combination of the two metals, such as a copper bottom with a brass lid. This one is of that type. Some of its pattern has, of course, worn away with time, but you can still see a charming pattern of swirls and posies that resembles paisley. It's unusual to find a pull ring still attached, and it's absent from this one. There's also a bit of customary looseness at the joint between the handle and pan, although they're still firmly attached. Both wood and metal have inevitable dings, but this is a gorgeous object that will display beautifully beside your fireplace or in a country kitchen. It measures an exceptionally long 49 inches, with a large pan 13 inches in diameter and about 3 1/2 inches deep.
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