Chamber pot, Netherlands, 1651-1780

1651-1780 in Netherlands

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Chamber pot, tin glazed earthenware, probably Dutch, 1651-1780

Chamber pots were used in the home or hospitals at a time when most toilets were outside – or non-existent. In the 1700s, chamber pots were often emptied out of windows straight into the street, sometimes with the cry “gardy loo” (from the French gardez l’eau, or “watch for the water”).

The blue and white design indicates that the chamber pot is probably from the Netherlands. The design shows country scenes, including a maid milking a cow.


Public Health & Hygiene
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ceramic and earthenware, tin glazed
chamber pot
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
On loan from the Wellcome Trust

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