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Washing Dolly

Vintage Copper Washing Dolly Head - Birdbath Project

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Solid copper construction. Simply mount on a pole/broom handle, push into the garden and fill with water. Break are a charity dedicated to providing quality services to children, adults and families w...
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About Washing Dolly

Cleaning clothes by hand is largely a thing of the past, but antique collectors delight in finding a vintage washing dolly in good condition. Victorian women used this handy tool to agitate soiled clothes in a dolly wash tub filled with boiling, soapy water. Dollies are poles usually made of wood, with handle that makes them easier to twirl and pump. Their bottoms are shaped like three-legged stools that pound away tough stains. You can identify the era of a vintage item as the design of dollies changed as the 19th century moved into the 20th century. The increase in manufactured cotton meant that clothes could withstand a more robust cleaning process, so the bottoms of dollies morphed into metal cones that could create suction, moving the water through fabric more effectively than merely stirring or beating. If you want a reminder of the days before washing machines were in every home, then you can find a wooden dolly from reliable sellers on eBay that offer an authentic slice of history.