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  1. Moose22

    Moose22 New Member

    20210111_203507.jpg 20210111_203536.jpg 20210111_203514.jpg 20210111_203520.jpg Hello,

    This has been in my mothers basement for a long time. It is a water closet or something from prior to indoor plumbing. I have never seen anything like it before. It is not home made. I was hoping that maybe somebody would have some information about it. Thank you!
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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Where is it located?
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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    that's neat !!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Moose22

    Moose22 New Member

    It's free standing. There is a water tank on the top that gets filled and the fold down sink has a faucet. The drain from the sink goes into a removable tank on the bottom that you dump out. The lower fold down cabinet is how you access the waste water tank but must be storage for other stuff as well.
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  5. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    May I move this to the Furniture Forum?
  6. Moose22

    Moose22 New Member

    Sure. Sorry, I suppose that would have been best.
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  7. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Done, it just may get better exposure here.
    Welcome to the Forum!
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  8. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    What country is this located in?
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  9. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

  10. Moose22

    Moose22 New Member

    It is in the United States, Wisconsin.
  11. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I was thinking it was from a traincabin (ship makes sense too) except for the part on top to hold water; wouldn't there be plumbing?
  12. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Except early ships? Think your right roaring20s!
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  13. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Yes, a washstand/toiletries cabinet for a ship or train. Cool!!!!
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  14. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    That’s very NEAT & something we might not have seen before!!! VERY cool!!! NICE finding, @Roaring20s, James!!!
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  15. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I've seen variants on those which were campaign furniture.
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  16. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Well-Known Member

    What a cool piece! Gosh all those "off gridders" would love something like this!
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  17. ulilwitch

    ulilwitch Well-Known Member

    I thought it was something an old fashioned barber would have used. "Shave and a haircut 2 bits"
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  18. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    I'm paying more attention to what is seen in the photos, it's on legs like a floor mirror. Does it freely move on those legs?

    It also looks like it has access from the back.

    I wonder if there might be a Sear's Catalog picturing this type of product?

    Ownedbybear, campaign furniture is also a great option.

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  19. Moose22

    Moose22 New Member

    It can stand on its own but it seems that it really isn't meant to be moved around a lot. Everything is accessed from the front, water filling and the waste water. The water in the sink gets poured in the waste water container when the sink is closed. I had found some old railroad lights etc as well, so it would stand to reason that this is from the railroad. Thank you everyone for all your help!
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  20. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    It looks like it's made from a high grade plywood. A friend once told me about furniture that was made from good quality plywood. Maybe reclaimed plywood. I can't remember what era or why it was created. (CRS much?)
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