Chamber Pot with Napoleon’s Head

China chamber pot with two handles and figurine of Napoleon in the centre.

Chamber Pot with Napoleon's Head, CC-BY-NC-SA licence Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, Image released under CC-BY-NC-SA licence.

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    • This is one of our favourite Waterloo200 objects.

      At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon was expanding the French empire.  It was believed he would try to invade Britain and Brits were gripped with anxiety about it. Before we had inside toilets, chamber pots were used to relieve oneself during the night. The general feeling towards Napoleon at this time is made very clear by the design of this chamber pot!

      Things to think about:

      • What does this object tell us about the public opinion of Napoleon at the time?
      • Do you think this was a popular item?
      • What other ways might the British have ridiculed him?
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