We all know the 18th century was time that predated indoor plumbing. That meant chamber pots, lots and lots of chamber pots. These chamber pots can now be found housed in some of the greatest museums and private collections and range from the crude clay pottery used by the lower classes to the fanciest silver (brr!) used by the upper echelons of society. But there are some chamber pots that stand out among the rest.
Pretend, for example, you are a guest in someone's house and nature calls. You politely excuse yourself to make a dash for the chamber pot, shuffle your various layers and...
Well, I suppose we also all know about the legendary British sense of humor which was just as prominent in the Georgian age as it is today. I also know I would not be comfortable utilizing this sort of chamber pot, never mind cleaning it! It isn't the only chamber pot like this that I have come face to face with. There is also this beautiful chamber pot that houses a miniature Napoleon Bonaparte, just in case you wanted to let the Emperor known exactly how you feel about him.
First: Chamber pot, Victoria & Albert Museum, ca. 1800-15
Second: Chamber pot, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, ca. 1805