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Advertisement for tops from 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog

 

Site: 18BC27 Federal Reserve Site

Context: Feature 23 Privy, filled third quarter of the 19th century

Site Date Range: c. 1770-1930

Materials: Wood and iron

Dimensions: 3cm x 2.5cm x 4.1cm

Description: Wooden top with traces of an iron tip. Wooden tops were often made of boxwood or lignum vitae. Antique example on right from a private collection shows what the iron tip may have looked like. The 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog offered five models of tops of differing hardwoods and sizes.