Royal footwarmer, Great Western Railway

Made:
1856
maker:
Unidentified

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GWR Footwarmer (Brass).
Science Museum Group Collection
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Footwarmer, brass, Great Western Railway, footwarmer from Royal Saloon 1856-1901 as inscribed.

The first member of the royal family to travel by train was Queen Adelaide in 1840. Queen Victoria became the first monarch to travel by train in 1842 and from then on the royal train regularly carried members of the royal family across the country on their royal duties.

Before Victoria’s successor King Edward VII commissioned new carriages in 1902 equipped with electric heating, the royal passengers would have needed other means of staying warm. This footwarmer was used on the royal train between 1850 and 1901 and would have been filled with hot water much like a modern hot water-bottle.

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Details

Category:
Passenger Comforts
Object Number:
1983-7124
type:
footwarmer
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics
status:
Permanent collection

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