King George V's steam cabinet, 1936. Reassembled after dismantling from the swimming pool area at Buckingham Palace. In use until 1970.
This steam bath was used at the swimming pool at Buckingham Palace, the London home of the British Royal family. The cabinet acts like a miniature sauna in which the body of the user is encased, with their head outside at the top. The steam causes the person to sweat, which was believed to remove toxins from the body, and the heat helped to relieve joint and muscle pain. This cabinet is believed to have been purchased by King George V, who was plagued by ill-health throughout his reign. It was in use until 1970.