WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Member Mug

When you’ve got to go…how did you go?

So glad you asked.

Member Mug

A chamber pot. Also, looking-glass and remedy critch.

What better way to start off a new year than with a series of posts on Regency era waste disposal systems? I plan to wade in slowly; this week we’ll just admire the general beauty of ye olde potty.

Some families and homes of wealth had primitive water closets, and some had outdoor privies, but all had pots stored under the beds for when nature called. It was one of the many duties of the chamber maid to empty the chamber pots. Those lucky girls.

Some even had member mugs in the corner of the drawing room. For those times when you just had to go, but didn’t want to go too far.

The pots ranged in beauty from utilitarian to quite stunning. Some fooled future generations into serving food out of them, thinking they were tureens. True story.

What follows is a selection of Regency era chamber pots. Most remaining member mugs hail from the Victorian era, but there are a few lingering from Georgian privies. Contemporaneous use for dispensing soup, optional.

Chamber pot and bowl, Staffordshire, 1800-1810, Pearlware elaborately in the Chinese style, via Chipstone.

Overhead view of chamber pot with design copied from bone china plate of Miles Mason of Lane End, circa 1805, via Chipstone.

Chamber pot, Staffordshire, 1810-1820, featuring blue transfer print of Nuneham Court, Oxfordshire, via Chipstone.

Chamber pot, Staffordshire, 1825, with chinoiserie pattern and gilded handle.

Base of chamber pot with Hanoverian crown and inscription Royal Stone China from R.S. & W. manufacturer, believed to be Stevenson and Williams.

Chamber pot with Napoleon’s head and Latin inscription PEREAT (let him perish) produced in England circa 1805.