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Chamber Pot
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Title: Chamber Pot
Identifier: 979.6.231
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1880-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A chamber pot with lid and handle on one side. The pot and lid have a brown floral decoration on a white background. The lid has a knob at the top and a scalloped edge.

A chamber pot is a bowl shaped container with handles and usually a lid used as a urinal. Chamber pots were convenient to use at night and during cold weather during time periods in which there were no indoor toilets. They would be stored under a bed, in the cabinet of a nightstand or sometimes in a specially made cabinet with a closable cover. There was a specially designed chamber pot just for women called a Bourdaloue. The introduction of the water closet in the late 19th century led to the decline in chamber pot use. Chamber pots are still used in some countries where plumbing isnít available and the modern childrenís potty is very similar to the chamber pot. This pot 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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