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I have a very unique cabinet/sink thing that has been passed

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I have a very unique cabinet/sink thing that has been passed down through the years and I was told it was used in either a dentist office or some type of doctors office. Prior to plumbing and it has a sign on the inside floor that may have been used to fix this that says Hood Shoes.
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Customer: On the top backside of the sink is a container that is lined with tin? and you would pour the water in that and it would come out the little faucet which I don't have anymore into the sink and go into a bucket in the cabinet below. it is on casters and has a little drawer on either side. There is also a keyhole for opening.

My name is ***** ***** I would love to help.

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Customer: replied 28 days ago.
ok I just ran out in the garage and took photos. This piece has seen MUCH better days but I have no storage for it anymore. photos coming
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
ok so that's it. I do remember seeing a faucet and knobs on this but don't know what happened to them and the story I got was that it was somehow medically used. This was passed down through the Penny family unless prior to the Pennys, someone else had it.
Customer: replied 27 days ago.
My mother in law painted it the green color and my son accidentally broke the bowl part all of which I think is marble.

This is a circa 1870-1880 wood and marble sink

with some original brass hardware. This would have been

a household sink for a high end homeowner since indoor plumbing was only

available to a few during those years. Most homes has a similarly shaped

piece of furniture but it was called a 'dry sink' where a pitcher and bowl

was used where your sink is now. The lower portion was used as the commode.

A chamber pot was placed in the bottom and a latched door would have originally been on the back

so that the maid could remove the pot from the back. This piece has a current value of $400 retail.

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Customer: replied 27 days ago.
Thank you!

You are so welcome. Please do click the stars now,I would really appreciate it!

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