Saturday, July 31, 2010

Water Filter

Water Filter, circa 1870
H 14.5 D 9 inches
Park Authority Purchase, 1978-21-302

Before the advent of clean water systems and good sanitation, a household water filter filled with charcoal helped purify drinking water. Marked "Oliver Evans, Filterer, No. 15 Chesnut St. Philad.", this stoneware filter also served to advertise Evans’ business.

Stronger and denser than earthenware, stoneware served a variety of domestic uses. Ranging in color from off-white or grey to deep brown, salt-glazed stoneware often has cobalt blue markings or decoration.

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