Chamber Pot from a Privy Twelve Feet Deep


Chamber Pot from a Privy Twelve Feet Deep

16 December 2013


Hello F,

Have enclosed pictures of a chamber pot I dug many years ago at Laclade Landing near the famous St. Louis arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Thought I would share it with your readers.

This hand painted chamber pot was dug from an early stone lined privy twelve foot deep. It was at the very bottom of the pit and the only other bottle found in the privy was a Pittsburgh porter. I dated the privy to the 1830s or before. The surprising thing about this chamber pot is it is in perfect condition. Not a chip on it. I can only assume it slipped out of the owners hand while being poured out. It is really a beautiful example of with hand painted roses and leaves.

Tom Feltman


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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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