Old washing machines hold an attraction all their own and this hand crank wringer washer is a fine example of one of our society’s most important inventions.


Modern washing machines clean clothes at the push of a button, it beats the old method of pounding a shirt with a rock. It is easy to forget just how difficult it used to be and this appliance was hand operated and constructed of wood. Doing family laundry was a chore that required hard labour.


Today, antique ringers are considered great collectors items, so the Bath Museum is pleased to include one in our collection.