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Making Fire - Footwarmers and Braziers


On This Page: 
Spalls
Ember Tongs
Barrell Bellows
Barrell Bellows w/Handle
Octagonal Foot Warmer
Wood Frame Foot Warmer
Cone Foot Warmer
Ball Brazier
Cast Iron Brazier
Coal Carrier
Skewer Set
Smoker's Companion
Copper Fire Starting Kit
Curfew
Pickwick

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Spalls

Spalls (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Spalls are essentially 18th century matches. They were used during the time of Christ, and continued to be used into the early 20th century. A spark is captured on a piece of char, the spall is touched to the glowing char and ignites when gently blown on. The spall can then be carried to light a fire, or candle. Spalls are slivers of wood with sulfur on one end.
Spalls must be used with EXTREME caution. When lit, a spall must be gently blown out (NEVER SHAKE a spall, as molten sulfur will fly off the splint). If extinguished promptly, a spall may be reused several times.
Dated: all periods. Origins: universal. Materials: wood, sulfur. Dimensions: 5" long, sold in bundles of 10.
Spalls: $12.00

Ember Tongs

Ember Tongs (image above is of our old design; an updated image is coming soon)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired.
Used to pick up hot embers for pipes, foot warmers, etc. Also keeps your fingers when putting coals in a brazier. Available in endless variety during the colonial period, they were an indespensible tool. Dated: 18th century style. Origin: universal. Materials: brass, steel. Reproduced from a steel-bodied original with brass pads. Dimensions: 12" long.
Ember Tongs: $59.00

Barrel Bellows

Barrel Bellows (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired.
Very handy for brazier cooking. Barrel bellows allow you to give a little air to the coals without getting too close to the heat. This version breaks down into three pieces for easy transportation. Copper. Dated: 18th century style. Origin: universal. Materials: copper. Dimensions: 36" long assembled.
Barrel Bellows: $44.00

Barrel Bellows

Barrel Bellows with Handle (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction. 
This one-piece bellows has a handle, perfect for delivering a little oxygen to the fire without losing your eyebrows! Handy for use with braziers. Dated: 18th century. Origin: English. Materials: copper. Dimensions: 12" long.
Barrel Bellows with Handle: $39.00

Octagonal Brass Footwarmer with Pan

Octagonal Foot Warmer (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
This charming footwarmer is a favorite! It's moderate size makes it easy to carry. The top is domed, and the piece has overall piercings in a lovely design. Sturdy brass with a wire bail. A hinged door allows acsess to the ember tray. This is a very refined piece for the more "discriminating" cold feet! Dated: 1725. Origin: Dutch/American. Materials: brass. Dimensions: 6" X 4" tall.
Octagonal Foot Warmer: $215.00


Wood Frame Foot Warmer (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
The most common style foot warmer, and the one most of us are familiar with. A sturdy wood frame encloses the pierced tin box. The tin box has a hinged door, and tin ember tray inside. It has a wire bail for carrying. Foot warmers were necessities in those chilly colonial homes (they also were improvised as stepstools and braziers!). Lightly antiqued. Dated: ca. 1750. Origin: English/American. Materials: hot-dipped tin, various woods as available. 8 1/4" wide, 10 1/2" long, 7 1/4" tall.
Wood Frame Foot Warmer: $350.00


Cone Foot Warmer (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
This is an unusual foot warmer which dates from the 17th century. Pierced tin, with a large swivel ring for carrying. When open, the cone tips back to reveal an ember tray in the base. Lightly antiqued. Dated: 17th century. Origin: English. Materials: hot-dipped tin. Dimensions: 6 1/2" dia. by 11 1/2" tall.
Cone Foot Warmer: $220.00

Tabletop Brazier

Ball Brazier (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
This brazier has an half-round brass body and a turned wooden handle which is removable for storage or carrying. Brass, various woods as available.
Ball Brazier: $176.00

Cast Iron Brazier

Cast Iron Brazier (above)
Handmade. Historic reproduction.
This is a very fine reproduction of an antique original in our own collection. This charming brazier has two heart shaped handles, a cast iron removable grate, and a copper ash pan.

PLEASE USE CAUTION!
Use braziers only in very well ventillated areas. NEVER use a brazier to heat a tent or any enclosed space. Using a brazier without adequate ventillation will result in asphixiation.

Dated: mid 17th through the mid 18th centuries. Origin: English/American. Materials: cast iron, copper. Dimensions: 7" tall by 10" wide at the handles. Weighs 8 lb.
Cast Iron Brazier: $192.00

Coal Carrier in Brass and Copper

Coal Carrier (above, in copper and brass)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
The problem: transporting hot coals. The solution: a coal carrier. It can probably be safely said that every colonial home had one! Heavy copper or brass with a hinged lid and hand-turned wood handle, stained black.
Dated: 18th century. Origin: English/American. Materials: copper, various woods as available. Dimensions: 19" long.

Coal Carrier: $125.00

Skewer Set

Skewer Set (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
This set includes two small skewers, two large skewers, and a hanger. Other base styles are available, please call or send a drawing for a quote. Iron.
Skewer Set: $110.00

Smoker's Companion

Smoker's Companion (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Reproduced from iron originals dated 1650 to 1790. Brass, spring powered ember tongs with a built in pipe tamp on the lower jaw.
Measures 5 1/2inches long, about 3/16 thick.
Smoker's Companion: $192.00


Curfew (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
In the 11th century, William The Conqueror ordered all fires in England to be covered when the church bells rang out in the evening. This became our 'curfew' from a borrowed French word 'couvre-feu', or, fire-cover. Curfews such as ours were used in America through the 1890s. Our curfew is 16" wide, 9" deep and 10" tall. It is heavy 32-ounce copper, riveted together with an iron handle, and will last for years of use. It banks the fire for easier starting in the morning.
Reproduced from a riveted and repose original dated 1741.
Curfew: $330.00

Fire Starting Kit

Fire Starting Kit (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
An oval box with a seperate damper inside. Copper. Dimensions: 3" long by 1" deep.
Fire Starting Kit: $49.00

pickwicks

NEW!

Pickwick (above from left to right: horn, wood, and wood versions)
Beautifully handmade in the USA in wood or horn. A small spike attached to the handle stores inside the urn-shaped body of the pickwick.
Our pickwicks measure about 5" tall. Styles may vary slightly, as in the image above. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery - these are made individually!
Wood Pickwick - $60.00
Horn Pickwick - $77.00

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