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December 28, 2023

George Henderson founded Dorchester Pottery in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1895. The pottery made jugs, jars, flower pots, butter pots, specialty items and, later, dinnerware. This stoneware foot warmer, donated to the museum by Harvey Gilliland, dates back to 1912, the year Henderson was granted a patent for "a new and useful improvement in taps or nipples for earthenware containers" – a leak-proof metal screw-off tap that was used in place of a rubber stopper. The Henderson foot warmer was one of Dorchester Pottery's most popular products, as foot warmers were widely used in the days...

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