Washstand (open)

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from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Postcard of Washstand (open).
© National Museums Scotland

Washstand (open)

This mahogany pedestal washstand was supplied to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery at around the time that the Gallery was built in 1891. It was used by members of staff in the offices.

The washstand has an inset marble top which lifts to reveal a blue and white, transfer-printed, earthenware basin. There is small brass plug for the basin and dirty water could be drained from it to a jug placed beneath.

Washstands like this, unconnected to a water supply, were still quite common around 1900.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-115-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KNI 15
Date: Around 1891
c. 1891
Material: Wood, mahogany with grey marble lid and brass plug
What: Wash-stand
Description: Pedestal wash-stand of mahogany, with a grey marble hinged lid, a blue and white wash-bowl, a curved door and an octagonal base, used by the staff of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, c. 1891
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