Thunder box

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    Carbon 6

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    Thunder box or Campaign toilet, what can you tell me about them ?
    Anyone use one ?


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    It looks like there's a chemical toilet inside the box. Probably smells better'n the community outhouse after four days.
     
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    No, actually it's period piece with a porcelain bowl or chamber pot maybe. (This one might be a reproduction or later piece though)
    They date back to around 1810.
     
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    Apparently they were also used by military officers.
     
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    Trying to figure out how it works exactly and whats in the side compartment.
     
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    Ash tray? lol.

    Interesting find. I was wondering about that metal thing to the side of the bowl as well.
     
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    Another picture of a different one I saw also had the "ash tray" looking thing, but also had another compartment.
     
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    If you stored sawdust along side it would make a nice composting toilet.
     
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    This one appears to have some kind of plumbing. and a lower chamber.


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    I wonder if the ashtray thing is a water pump to make it flush ?
     
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    I'd swear I saw an identical one on Pinterest, complete with chemical toilet.

    Similar are popular with people who do the one and two week events in the S.C.A.
     
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    Bidet feature? And a place to store corncobs or such for wiping?
     
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    Funny, both those thoughts crossed my mind too. :D
     
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    I'm sure you could make one that way.
    Anything would be better than a porta-potty in the sun after a day. :eek:
     
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    There's a definite theme to them.

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    My mother had an antique one in her house. She used to sit a potted plants in I always assumed they were more like a chamber pot or something used in the home before indoor plumbing than a field or campaign item.
     
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    Like this one ?

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    It looked sort of like that but was completely enclosed more like this one. upload_2020-1-14_21-34-31.jpeg
     
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    More :D

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    and the same ashtray looking thing.

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