Carbon water filter

1890-1915 in London

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Late 19th or early 20th century patent moulded carbon water filter by Atkins of London

Some diseases can be spread through contaminated water. These include dysentery and cholera. Carbon absorbs impurities present in water making it much safer to drink. The carbon filter is inside the earthenware container and filtered water is poured out of the tap at the bottom. This large filter measures 425 mm high and was probably used in the home or in the workplace to provide fresh water.

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Public Health & Hygiene
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carbon, complete, earthenware (salt glazed) and zinc (metal)
water filter
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • filtration equipment - particulates
Lane, T.

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