Washing machine; Unknown maker; 1890-1900; CR1977.262


Washing machine

About this object

Wooden washing machine. The bowl of the tub is made of staves, similar to those of a barrel, and bound together by three bands of metal. Inside the wood is ribbed to provide more friction to the washing which is agitated by a wooden dolly with three rounded wooden legs. There is a bung hole on the side, with a wooden bung fitted, for draining the tub. Four wooden legs are attached to the outside with metal fittings. There are also two handle on opposing sides for lifting the tub. At the side is a large wheel with a handle that turns a spindle on an arrangement of cogs that agitates the dolly to clean the washing. These operate through the lid which is attached by decorative hinges. There also appears to be a patch on the base.


Unknown maker

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand, Otago, Dunedin

Medium and Materials

Wood, iron

Inscription and Marks

On hinges - PAT. PEND 95C and 95B
on BASE - 1 in a diamond shape


Tub only - H 780mm x Dia 650mm
Add another 330mm to top of handle

Subject and Association Keywords

Laundry equipment

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic chattels

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Washing machine

Object number


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