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Baby's bath and stand

Baby's bath and stand

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1935-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Zinc, enamelled in white

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr and Mrs C. E. Turner

  • Museum number:

    MISC.279&A-1987

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Babies Gallery, case 14 []

Small tubs suitable for bathing a baby safely have been in use since at least the Middle Ages, but such tubs were really for general washing and laundry purposes. It was not until the late 19th century that the range of equipment for use in childcare started to expand. Mass production and the introduction of cheaper materials, such as pressed sheet metal instead of handcrafted wood or porcelain, meant that many more people could buy such items. This oval baby bath has a stand consisting of two lengths of tubular metal, each bent into a pair of legs.

Physical description

Baby bath and stand

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1935-1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Zinc, enamelled in white

Object history note

Used for bathing the donors' children: Mary Elizabeth Turner (born 28/04/1943), Merilyn Kay Turner (born 22/02/1945), Roger Edwin Turner (born 02/06/1949) and Bridget June Turner (born 13/06/1956)

Descriptive line

Baby's bath and stand of enamelled metal made in the UK between 1935 and 1950

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Zinc

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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