Model of Jenning's patent water closet

Made:
1895-1905 in England

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Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, ca. 1900.

Complete, even with its own toilet paper, this working model represents George Jennings' patent water closet. The model, made of earthenware, metal and mahogany, was probably a sales model and may have featured in Jennings' stand at the International Health Exhibitions during the 1890s. Jennings, a sanitary-ware supplier, installed public lavatories at the 1851 Great Exhibition. In the 1870s he went on to install underground public conveniences at several sites in London. He had argued for 'conveniences suited to this advanced stage of civilisation'.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A131925
Materials:
brass, earthenware, lead and mahogany
type:
model and toilets
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication