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Brass wash basin used in Charing Cross Hospital, London, England, 1801-1900

This wash basin came from Charing Cross Hospital. It may have been used to wash dressings and bandages or used for water for bed baths. Charing Cross Hospital began in 1823 as a charitable institution known as the West London Infirmary. It became the Charing Cross Hospital in 1827.

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Glossary: wash basin

A bowl or vessel designed to contain water for the purpose of cleaning hands or other minor cleaning of the bodily exterior.