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made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Bedpan.
© National Museums Scotland


This pewter bedpan was made in the early 19th century by Robert Whyte, a prolific pewterer based in Edinburgh's Cowgate. Whyte became a freeman of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Edinburgh in 1805.

The bedpan has a circular curved seat and projecting handle which unscrews to allow the pan to be emptied.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-796-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 112
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Inscription: Underside of base: [Robt. WHYTE [over] EDIN] / over RW / x / Thistle in shaped pouch / RW
Dimensions: 286 mm D; 125 mm L (handle)
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Who: Robert Whyte, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Pewter bedpan with circular curved seat and projecting handle which unscrews, with the mark of Robert Whyte, Edinburgh, on the underside of the base, early 19th century
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