The name posser comes from the word 'poss', which means to pound or to beat. A posser was historically a tiring and time-consuming tool used for hand washing laundry. Mass-produced, copper posser's, made in a domed shape, with a concave underneath side, had perforated holes on the bottom rim, to allow suction and enable the act of washing easier.
Since hand washing was replaced by electric and mechanical washing machines, possers have become a common, redundant object, yet are an iconic domestic implement, with an interesting form, in which copper now holds value.
'Taking Your Clobber' is a visual pun on the age and condition of these unloved objects, while reflecting on the appalling conditions documented during the history of Victorian child labour.
Dimensions: H46cm x W21cm x D21cm
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Coronation Souvenir Co-Operative Society Tin Caddy, Vintage Copper Posser,
Vintage Bun Tin,
Vintage Maxwax Paste Grate Tin,
2 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box, Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
Please be advised:
Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.
As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.
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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.