Food warmer, England, 1801-1850

1801-1850 in England

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Creamware foodwarmer, pedestal, liner, pannikin, and perforated container, probably English, first half 19th century.
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Creamware food warmer, pedestal, liner, pannikin, and perforated container, probably English, first half 19th century

This glazed earthenware food warmer was used to keep food warm for patients or invalids or to prepare pap. Flour or bread was mixed with milk diluted with water to make pap, which could be used to wean infants off breast milk. The hollow space at the bottom was used to house an oil or spirit lamp which burned alcohol to provide a source of heat. The perforated cover was placed over the lamp and then the food was placed at the top in a lidded jar called a pannikin. Under the pannikin there is a space, known as a liner, for hot water. The steam given off from the liner warms the food.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
food warmer
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel

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