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Object ID # 2013.012.002
Object Name Pitcher, Wash
Title Cold Water Pitcher from a Toilet Set
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Blue and white ceramic cold water pitcher from a "Toilet Set" (see RELATED). The words "DEFENDER / ENGLAND" are transfer-printed in blue on the underside. The exterior has a large floral transfer at the front, with a smaller transfer near the back, under the spout. The pitcher is moulded with a graduated, swirling bead design. The interior of the lip has a small, two-flower transfer.
Makers mark "DEFENDER / ENGLAND" is transfer-printed in blue on the underside.
Provenance Manufacturer unknown, but made in England. Dates to the late 19th-century.

Belonged to the family of Donald and Isabella McMillan. He was born in 1849, and she was born in 1855. They were married on February 4, 1875 in Ceylon, Grey County. They farmed at Lot 10 of Concession 3, on the South Line of Artemesia Township. They had a family of eleven children, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in 1935. Donald McMillan was President of the McNeil Cemetery in Priceville. Isabella died in 1935, and he died in 1945. They are buried in the cemetery, along with other McMillans.

Last owned by Bonnie MacMillan of Markdale, Grey County.
Collection Toiletry & Cosmetic Collection
Material Ceramic/Glaze/China
Dimensions H-28 W-26.5 D-22 cm
Found Markdale, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People McMillan, Donald [of Artemesia Twp.]
Subjects Artemesia Township
Scottish Settlers
Function The basin would be set on a washstand. It would store the larger water pitcher in it when the set was not in use. The basin would be filled with water from the pitchers. After use, the basin would have to be manually dumped out. Sometimes people would tip their basins outside of their bedroom windows. The larger pitcher of the toilet set was used for cold water. The smaller pitcher was for hot water.