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2791 Water filter, stoneware, 'Compressed Charcoal Filter', Slack & Brownlow, Manchester, England. c. 1880

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Object statement
Water filter, stoneware, 'Compressed Charcoal Filter', Slack & Brownlow, Manchester, England. c. 1880
In the days of poor water supply and poor sanitation, a water filter filled with charcoal was an important household device to purify drinking water.
This design was awarded a "First degree of Merit" at the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. The catalogue for the exhibition records these details: "Speed of filtration per gallon, 12 minutes; degree of purity, very bright and clear; price, 21s 6d. These filters discharge salt from sea-water almost perfectly, arrest soap and dirt from soap-suds almost entirely" (p.221)

Made by Slack and Brownlow at their canning works in Manchester, England
This set of filters appeared in the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. This particular filter appeared in the exhibition marking the centenary of the Sydney International Exhibition in 1979, and in the "Sydney Celebrates" Exhibition held at the Hyde Park Barracks in 1984.

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Description
Water filter, stoneware, 'Compressed Charcoal Filter', Slack and Brownlow, Manchester, England. c. 1880

The only remaining filter from a set of seven acquired.
2791
Production date
1870 - 1879

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Slack & Brownlow, 1883
Subjects
+ Sydney International Exhibition, 1879
+ Sanitation
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