Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

CSS Alabama Flushing Toilet

A flushing toilet recovered from CSS Alabama. A large porcelain bowl decorated with boating and country scenes set in a lead base that tapers down onto a large square brass washer.  A circular hole is made at the bottom of the bowl where a round brass door swings open and shut. Connected to the brass washer is brass handle which would allow you to operate the brass door.  The brass washer is screwed into another square lead piece below it and abruptly tapers to a circular lead piece.
Title: Flushing Toilet from CSS Alabama
Caption: A flushing toilet with a transfer-printed toilet bowl set in a lead base
Description: One of three almost complete flushing toilets were found in the vicinity of Alabama’s engineering space. The porcelain toilet bowl features a popular “Rhine” pattern with boating and country scenes. The bowl is encased in lead mounted on a brass base with flushing mechanism.
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Topic
  • Underwater Archaeology
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  • Artifact
Wars & Conflicts
  • Civil War 1861-1865
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