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Title: Basin and Ewer
Identifier: C.18.67
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gerhardt
Item Date: ca. 1850
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2007
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: a) A white ironstone toilet set consisting of a basin and water ewer or pitcher. Pitcher has fluting around the base that extends about one-third of the way up the side. Above the fluting are two raised bouquets of wheat and flowers. The rim is scalloped and the wide pouring end is raised and curried. A raised design in the form of a tied ribbon is moulded on the handle.
The basin has a base 18 cm in diameter and has plain and undecorated on the outside. Inside the basin has fluted ridges radiating from the centre of the bowl. Moulded decoration on the basin's rim consists of leaves, wheat, and flowers.
Both basin and pitcher is marked with a black transfer printed mark that reads: 'ROYAL OPAQUE CHINA' and with 'Canada'.

History: The name Canada on the set refers to the name of the pattern by Royal Opaque China. Ironstone is a type of material similar to earthenware and porcelain and was used generally for tableware, kitchenware and toilet ware and was considered a cheap alternative to cheap china from Europe. A set like this would be common in many pioneer homes during the Victorian times to and used by families as part of their hygiene and bathing routine.
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