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Model flat basin, London, England, 1815-1900

Made by the famous ceramic company Doulton, this model basin may have been used as a demonstration item by travelling salesmen or displayed in an exhibition teaching the public about cleanliness. Washing the hands is a measure to prevent the spread of disease. The health dangers in not washing hands after going to the toilet or preparing and eating food is common knowledge today but this was not the case throughout much of the 1800s.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.