Blue and white jug and basin
Blue and white jug and basin

Blue and white jug and basin

 

This jug and basin set, decorated with a blue and white pattern of an ancient bridge near some classical ruins, was originally part of a larger set. An average set comprised the jug and basin (to wash your facein-sorry, I couldn’t resist), a toothbrush holder, a soap dish and a potty. Obviously the more you paid, the more pieces you got, as can be seen in the link below, where, in addition to the above, there is a washcloth holder and a container for the waste water. In the days before indoor plumbing, this set would sit on a washstand and hot water would be brought in the jug to the bedroom for your ablutions. Sets like this were still being made into the 1920’s, although by then a lot were made of enamelled steel. Sets like these were made by manufacturers high and low but this one is unmarked, and I haven’t been able to trace the pattern. It dates from around 1820-30.

//www.chinaroseantiques.com.au/product/spode-6-piece-toilet-set-decorated-with-hand-coloured-king-pattern/