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Water Jug - Copper, circa 1850 Object Reg. No: SH 850227

Summary:
Made circa 1840 - 1870. Used in Victorian psychiatric hospital 1840-1870. This jug may have been used for bathing or even possibly in hydrotheraphy, when cold water was steadily poured onto a distressed patient whilst seated in a bath. This treatment was believed to be calming.
Description:
Huge copper measuring jug. Onion-shaped body with neck for pouring and round, thick, hollow handle attached by 2 rivets on the upper rim and one rivet on the body. The base slopes down slightly and there is a rim around the base.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 43.00 cm (Height), 24.00 cm (Width), 48.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: copper, jugs, psychiatric hospitals, water, water vessel
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: grooming & hygiene
Inscriptions: 5 GAL engraved on body of jug.
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1850

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Brian Evans Posted on 06 Apr 2010 12:07 AM
I have a copper water/milk jug that has a lead or pewter plaque on the inside lip with William IV inscribed on it. Also engraved on the front is "3 Imperial". Could you tell me where to take it for more information and also possibly a valuation.
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Apr 2010 1:00 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Brian, consider checkiing out the list of valuers approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. You can see the complete list on their website at: http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp

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