Soper-type portable disinfector, England, 1879-1913

1879-1913 in Lambeth
James Stiff and Sons

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Portable disinfector, probably late 19th century, by J. Stiff and Sons, English. Black background.
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Soper's portable disinfector, probably late 19th century, by J. Stiff and Sons, English

Designed to be hung from a wall, this portable device was intended to ‘disinfect’ an area. In reality this might simply have meant attempting to neutralise the odour in foul-smelling areas.

The disinfector was made by J. Stiff & Sons, a pottery business based in Lambeth, London, which produced a wide range of goods.


Public Health & Hygiene
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disinfectors, stoneware and stand, iron
overall - as displayed (including bracket): 450 mm x 140 mm x 170 mm, 1.29 kg
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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