Antique wash stands
Antique wash stands are pieces of antique furniture designed to hold wash basins, water jugs and other items relating to personal hygiene.
Wash stands came into use in the 18th century, and were commonly known as 'basin frames'. They were traditionally small and designed to fit compactly in to the corner of a room, featuring a stand on which to place a water basin along with small drawers and often a lower shelf.
The 19th century saw society place a far greater importance on personal cleanliness, and wash stands became a far more prominent piece of furniture. They grew larger, with enough room for a number of basins, soap dishes, water bottles and items for personal grooming. Some featured built-in ceramic or granite basins, whilst later 19th century models featured small mirrors.
The term antique is traditionally used for items over 100 years old, so the majority of antique wash stands available on the market were produced in the 19th or early 20th centuries. They were produced by a wide number of furniture manufacturers, and in a number of different shapes and sizes.