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Pewter bed pan, France, 1750-1890

Science Museum, London


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The bedpan is a classic piece of hospital ward equipment. It was essential when the patient was elderly or bed-bound and very useful at a time when most toilets were outside. This pewter example is punched with the maker’s name, “Deverres”, and the place name, “Caen, France”, and is said to have been used in a French hospital called Maison Leseigner. maker: Deverres Place made: Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France



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Pewter bed pan, France, 1750-1890. Credit: Science Museum, London. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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