Tinplate bath, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Bath, elliptical, tinplate, 19th century.. Black background.
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Bath, elliptical, tinplate, 19th century.

During the 1800s, personal hygiene and cleanliness were increasingly considered one way to improve health and prevent the spread of disease. However, very few people had a piped domestic water supply. At best, many people would rely on a bath such as this one, perhaps set up in front of the fire and filled with buckets of water heated from the stove.

It was quite common for a whole family to use the bath one after another – with the water getting progressively dirtier and colder.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A631181
type:
bath
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • plumbing fixture

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