|Object ID #||2013.012.002|
|Object Name||Pitcher, Wash|
|Title||Cold Water Pitcher from a Toilet Set|
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|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.|
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|
|Dimensions||H-28 W-26.5 D-22 cm|
|Found||Markdale, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County|
McMillan, Donald [of Artemesia Twp.]
|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.|