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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
A piece of furniture consisting of a small stand, usually supported on three legs, and most commonly made of mahogany or rosewood, for holding a wash-hand basin. The smaller varieties were used for rose-water ablutions, or for the operation of hair-powdering. The larger ones, which possessed sockets for soap-dishes, were the predecessors of the ample modern wash-hand stand. Both varieties, often of very elegant form, were in extensive use throughout a large part of the 18th century.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Basin-Stand'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/b/basin-stand.html. 1910.