Victorian Turkish Baths Picture of the Month for May 2004

Small tip dish from the Imperial Hotel,
Russell Square, London

Tip dish obverse Tip dish reverse
< Photos: Ronald R Olson

These small pottery dishes advertising the hotel's Turkish baths were just under 4 inches in diameter and were manufactured by Wood & Sons Ltd of Burslem.

Called tip dishes by some collectors, they were widely used in the hotel and were probably left in strategic positions in the bars, bedrooms, and bathrooms to encourage patrons to show their appreciation of good service by leaving a tip.

This item is from the collection of the Victorian Turkish Baths Project

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Ronald R Olson, of New Mexico, for his photographs

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