Victorian Cylindrical Commode

Victorian Cylindrical Commode
c. 1875-1905

ERIC PEARSON
1967
walnut, maple, textile, paper

H 1 1/2 in. | D 1 1/2 in.
H 3.81 cm | D 3.81 cm  

1997.183
Gift of the Eloise Kruger Charitable Trust

Eloise Kruger saw a full-sized version of this commode in an historic home in Brownville, Nebraska. She immediately sketched the piece, made note of its dimensions, and wrote to her favorite miniature artisan, Eric Pearson.

In his correspondence, Mr. Pearson lightheartedly nicknamed the piece the "Barber's Music Box," and Ms. Kruger had noted the considerable amount of embarrassment she went through in describing the various parts of the commode in her instructions to Pearson.

The maple seat can be removed in order to retrieve the two-handled pot within. The fabric pouch under the lid holds toilet tissue. This type of commode was mass produced in Philadelphia by The Hale and Kilburn Company between 1875 and 1905.