Valve closet, 1778.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Valve closet, 1778.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Illustration of Joseph Bramah's water closet of 1778. English inventor Joseph Bramah (1749-1814), created numerous inventions, including a beer machine used at the bar of public houses, a safety lock which he manufactured in partnership with Henry Maudslay (1771-1831), and an ingenious machine for printing bank notes. He also invented a hydraulic pres for shaping pieces of iron and steel, considered one of the great instruments of the industrial revolution.

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