Folding Combination Nursery and Night Stool, and WC Protector', c 1902.
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An engraving from the catalogue of Thomas Crapper and Company. This versatile portable folding WC seat is adaptable for use by children in the nursery, for use in the sick room, and can be carried from place to place. It is promoted as being small enough 'to fit in a handbag'. Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) started a plumbing busines in Chelsea, London in 1861, and pioneered some of the most revolutionary designs of sanitary engineering in the 19th century, particularly in developing the modern WC cistern.