from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance for warming the feet; a foot-warmer; specifically, a perforated tin or sheet-iron box with a wooden frame, provided with a pan for live coals in a bed of ashes, formerly carried by women to church in cold weather.


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  • Notwithstanding the cold, the baroness had her chair brought out so as to watch him working, and then her foot-stove, for her feet were freezing.

    Une Vie

  • At the foot of each chair was a large copper foot-stove.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • "Master Broom," he resumed, "I warn thee that boys who are in the habit of putting snuff upon the foot-stove of the school-mistress may one day be discovered, and receive a flogging --"

    Christmas Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse

  • Plenty of robes and a foot-stove, or at least a slab of heated soap-stone, provided for grandmother's comfort.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

  • A ` ` foot-stove '' was simply a square tin box in a wooden frame, with perforations in the sides.

    Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum

  • This stove was a foot-stove, -- a small metal box, usually of sheet tin or iron, enclosed in a wooden frame or standing on little legs, and with a handle or bail for comfortable carriage.

    Diary of Anna Green Winslow A Boston School Girl of 1771

  • This left the bonnets hanging inside the barrel, which was set over an old-fashioned foot-stove filled with hot coals on which sulphur had been placed.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • I have seen one "brassen foot-stove" which had the owner's cipher cut out of the sheet metal, and from the side was hung a wrought brass chain.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England

  • These foot-warmers helped to make endurable to the goodwives the icy chill of the meeting-house; and round their mother's foot-stove the shivering little children sat on their low crickets, warming their half-frozen fingers.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England

  • A rusty foot-stove stood in one of the old square pews, and in the gallery there was a majestic bass-viol with all its strings snapped but the largest, which gave out a doleful sound when we touched it.

    Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches


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