These items at Smith’s Tavern are hot water bottles: one of copper (T2) and the other of pewter (T31).
A hot-water bottle is a bottle filled with hot water and sealed with a stopper, used to provide warmth, typically while in bed, but also for the application of heat to a specific part of the body. Prior to the invention of rubber that could withstand sufficient heat, early hot-water bottles were made of a variety of materials, such as zinc, copper, brass, glass, pewter, earthenware or wood. To prevent burning, the metal hot water flasks were wrapped in a soft cloth bag.
The first item (T2) is made of copper and is shaped like a seat cushion, with two small rectangle handles on each side and a metal (tin or pewter) screw-type stopper near one edge. There are no manufacturer’s markings.
|Location:||Floor, Panel 12|
The second (T31) is made of pewter, an alloy of tin and lead, and is oval-shaped. In the center is a brass screw -type stopper. There are no manufacturer’s markings.