Chamber pot, England, 1501-1700

Made:
1501-1700 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Chamber pot, green glazed earthenware, English, 1501-1700

Chamber pots were used in the home or hospitals in an age when most toilets were outside – or non-existent. Around this time, chamber pots were often emptied out of windows straight into the street.

Such simply designed earthenware chamber pots with single colour glazes were common in the 1600s, possibly because a lack of decoration meant they were inexpensive to produce.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A634438
Materials:
earthenware, glaze
type:
chamber pot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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