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EYE BATH

A small vessel with a rim shaped to fit round the eye, used for applying medicated or cleansing solutions to the eyeball. Most of these utensils rested on a stemmed foot.

There are eye baths of all types, from the most mundane plastic example to the beautiful porcelain and silver eye baths produced by such well-known manufacturers as Meissen, Sèvres, Derby and Wedgwood.

Silver eye baths were sometimes a unit of the silver toilet service or were kept separate in a hinged case.



Images and information courtesy George Sturrock, author of Eye Baths: an illustrated survey
Millstream Books, 18 The Tyning, Bath BA2 6AL - email tgmgraham@mac.com



silver eye bath, Charles Bishop, London 1845 silver eye baths, Gustave Keller Frères, Paris, c. 1920 and late 19th century
mark of Charles Bishop, London 1845 mark of Gusteve Keller Frères, Paris, late 19th century and c. 1920


silver eye bath, Peter Mood, Charleston, South Carolina, 1785-1821 silver eye bath, Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London 1800 silver eye bath, Toulouse, France, 1762-1768
mark of Peter Mood, Charleston, North Carolina, 1785-1821 mark of Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, London 1800 mark of Toulouse, France, 1762-1768




silver eye bath, Albert J. Gannon, Philadelphia, USA, 1906-1914 silver eye bath, Jules Boivin, Paris, 1862-1881 silver eye bath, Paris, 1783-1789
mark of Albert J. Gannon, Philadelphia, USA, 1906-1914 mark of Jules Boivin, Paris, 1862-1881 mark for small articles


silver eye bath, Hukin & Heath, London 1883 silver eye bath, Reed & Barton, Taunton, USA, 1912
mark of Hukin & Heath, London 1883 mark of Reed & Barton, Taunton, USA, 1912


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