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Wash Basin
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Title: Wash Basin
Identifier: 979.6.231.2
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1880-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A glazed, wash basin with brown floral decoration on a white background all around the outside and inside. The upper rim has scalloped edges with a design of brown triangles and lines around the edge.

Wash basins were used for the purpose of washing oneself. They almost always are part of a set with matching pitchers. Water was poured in the basin for use in washing faces and hands directly and to wet cloths for sponge bathing. In the 18th century wash basins 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 basin and the rest of the set. This basin 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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