Dry sink, the name seems like a misnomer being that dry often isn't the first descriptive word that comes to mind when you think of a sink, but in the pre-plumbing days this makes a lot of sense. A dry sink is a piece of furniture used in the era prior to indoor plumbing, and was used to hold a washing bowl and water pitcher. The dry sink would have been used in the kitchen to prepare meals, wash dishes, shave and even bath. Some higher end dry sinks would have featured copper liners or tiled backsplashes.
Today, dry sinks are sought after purely for decorative reasons and would work exceptionally well in a modern kitchen or bathroom.
|Antique Victorian Era dry sink. Photograph by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited.|