Grout's patent invalid's food warmer, England, 1871-1900
This food warmer kept food warm while it was being transported from kitchen to patient or if the patient needed a long time to eat. The outer brass and tin case can be filled with hot water by unscrewing the cap at the top, providing the heat for the earthenware food containers. The case bears a royal crest design and has a handle for ease of transport.
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The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.
Glossary: food warmer
Device used to keep food warm. Often achieved through tealight candles underneath a wire mesh on which food is placed in dishes.
Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.