Hidden in Plain Sight:
The Material World of Early Springfield


Walnut wash stand

c. 1835-1847

Collection of the Springfield Art Association

Wash stands, basins, and ewers were ubiquitous in Springfield bedrooms before the advent of indoor plumbing. They served the same function as the bathroom sink does today: a place for brushing teeth, washing face and hands, and shaving.

This wash stand was owned by David Prickett, clerk of the state House of Representatives. Prickett, a native of Georgia,came to Springfield in 1835.

After his death from pneumonia in 1847, a probate inventory was taken of his estate. This washstand was listed among his personal possessions and valued at $2.00.