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Model sink, London, England, 1815-1900

Made by the famous ceramic company Doulton, this model sink may have been used by travelling salesmen or displayed in an exhibition teaching the public about cleanliness. The health dangers of not washing hands after going to the toilet or before preparing and eating food is common knowledge today but this was not the case throughout much of the 1800s. Hand-washing can prevent the spread of disease.

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1981-2040/4

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.