Hexagonal hot-water bottle, Austria, 1791-1798
This hexagonal hot-water bottle is made of pewter and is engraved with a forest scene. The initials “MP” also appear on one panel. Once filled, the hot-water bottle would provided warmth and comfort for the user. The object is believed to have been produced in Austria.
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Glossary: hot-water bottle
A container usually made of rubber, filled with hot water especially to warm a bed.Containers for warmth in bed were in use as early as the 16th century. The earliest versions contained hot coals from the dying embers of the fire, and these bed warmers were used to warm the bed before getting into it. Very soon after this, containers with hot water became used. Use of hot water bottles declined in the 20th century as homes became better heated, and recently due to the increase in use of electric blankets.