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Title: Pitcher
Identifier: 979.6.231.3
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1880-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A glazed pitcher with a design of brown flowers all around the outside. There is a single handle, and the top edges are scalloped. Stamped on the bottom is the word "TONQUIN". There are a couple cracks on the bottom. Just under the top edge is the pattern of brown triangles and line that encircles the pitcher.

Pitchers were used with wash basins for the purpose of washing oneself. Water was poured from a pitcher into the basin for use in washing faces and hands directly and to wet cloths for sponge bathing. In the 18th century wash basins and pitchers were held on pedestals, built into walls or held in cabinets with special indentations for the basin. By the 19th century is was common for a washstand to be large and rectangular in shape, with drawers for storage and a wooden or marble top to hold the pitcher and the rest of the set. This pitcher is part of a matched bathroom set consisting of a chamber pot, washbasin, pitcher and soap dish meant for use on a wash stand.
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