The maker’s stamp on this Wood & Sons porcelain potty dates to 1907, although the potty could well have been made a few years after that date. Building regulations in England required that all new ‘middle class’ homes had indoor plumbing from the 1850s onwards, but obviously there were loads of houses already built without such ‘modern’ facilities, so in the early part of the twentieth century it wouldn’t have been uncommon to use a potty for your ablutions – if you had to go in the night time you’d much rather reach under your bed for this stylish porcelain potty than venture out into the cold, damp night!
Fortunately these days most of our houses are equipped with all sorts of modern conveniences, even a flushing loo! So potties have been relegated to the garden shed, but the beauty that we have for sale today really does deserve to be shown off, not hidden away under your hedge trimmer. Obviously you won’t be using it as it was originally intended, but with that classic ‘Savoy Royal‘ pattern, and the tint of blue in the porcelain, this potty is going to make for the most beautiful pot plant holder. Now you just need to find an equally beautiful house fern to do it justice!
Dimensions: 13cm tall x 21cm in diameter