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An early 20th century photographic plate washer. Made of white ceramic with grooves for 9 plates, a built in syphon tube for draining and a lip for incoming water, with holes in between each plate to evenly distribute the flow.
The front is marked with the makers belted 'Granitine' logo and registration number - 444997. On the back edge on the inside is the name of the product - 'The "Improved Rational" plate washer'.
Granitine was the trade name for a range of darkroom pieces produced by Taylor, Tunnicliff & Co. of Hanley, Staffordshire from around 1887, including development trays, tanks and troughs.
These ceramic vessels are perfect for toothbrush storage in a bathroom, or next to a butlers sink as a unique pot for sponges, wash cloths and washing up liquid.
A small size example with black transfer sizing on the foot: 4-1/4 x 3-1/4
18.7cm wide (7-3/8")
11.5cm tall (4-1/2")
14.5cm deep overall (5-3/4")
12cm deep inside (4-3/4")
Fine hairline running approx 2 inches down the front edge, to the right of the transfer, but sound and not moving. Otherwise very good with light glaze crazing and minimal wear marks.