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Object Name Bedpan
Catalog Number 1985.10.1
Maker U.S. Pottery Company
Date ca. 1850
Material(s) Ceramic;
Dimensions H-5 W-17 D-11.5 inches
Description This ceramic bedpan is yellow earthenware with a sponged Rockingham glaze. The bedpan is glazed on all sides, bottom and interior. The glaze has a yellow background color with dark brown spots randomly applied throughout. The finish is a clear glossy glaze. The bedpan has a flat, round center with a large hole on top. The top and opening is at an angle. The area at the lower part of the angle is stretched out to form a small flat area that tapers down. The area at the higher part of the angle has a curved tube attached to it (looks similar to a plumbing pipe). The bottom of the bedpan is flat. There is a small hole centered in the lower tapered area.
Notes This bedpan was made by the U.S. Pottery Company in Bennington, Vt., which was in business from 1849 to 1858. The company made decorative ceramics and expanded into utilitarian pieces. This type of bedpan was mass-produced for hospital and home use.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People U.S. Pottery Company
Subjects Sanitation
Hospital supplies
Medical equipment & supplies
Search Terms Tennessee
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS