Washing facilities for guests in the Victorian home
By the webmaster’s mother, 1906-2002
In the early 1900s when I was a child growing up on the working class Victorian housing estate, it was not considered reasonable to expect guests to wash in the sink in the scullery the way that the rest of the family washed everyday.
The washstand with its china jug and bowl
So guests had hot water taken up to their bedroom in an elegantly decorated china jug.
A matching bowl or basin was already in the bedroom to hold the water on an equally elegant stand. The stand in our house had a marble top which I very much liked.
The matching sets of china jug, bowl and other items
In more well-off houses, the decorated china jugs and bowls were part of matching sets which included soap dishes, chamber pots and shaving jugs. Some were very pretty indeed.