• Antique Victorian
  • Code 15450

Brown Salt Glaze Stoneware Water Filter Slack and Brownlow Manchester c 1850

A very decorative and collectable brown salt-glaze stoneware lidded water filter made by Slack and Brownlow of Manchester (established 1830) and impressed patent number 006. We think that it dates from around 1850. 


In the days of poor water supply and poor sanitation, a water filter filled with charcoal was an important household device to purify drinking water. At a time when safe drinking water was less readily available, small-scale purification equipment was much in demand, (William) Slack and  (George) Brownlow of Canning Works, Upper Medlock street, Hulme, Manchester made this water filter, they marketed them as ‘a safeguard against cholera, typhoid and kindred water borne diseases’.

The water filter is approximately 18 inches high (46 cm) and is 9 inches (23 cm) in diameter.  The tapered cylindrical body has applied brown stoneware floral sprigs decoration with a central white stoneware fern sprig . The body also has an engine turned design of cross hatching. There are two applied lifting handles to either side and a spigoted hole with a cork in at the bottom with the original brass tap. At the top is a reservoir section with a central natural sponge filter.


The body is in excellent antique condition with a small chip to the rear and a section where the glaze has not taken. The lid however, has been broken in half and glued back together and there are numerous large cosmetically filled chips around the rim. It is complete in all other respects. Please see the images.

This is a great item for display and perfect for any collector of antique stoneware or scientific of medical items would look great in a period style or farmhouse kitchen.


It is a heavy and substantial item at 10.6 kg. We offer free UK and European Union delivery when purchased at the listed price.
Please note that because of the volumetric weight, this item can only be shipped to overseas locations by a courier method and prices for the USA and Canada are approximately £100 and are are indicative only. They may vary for remote locations etc, so please message for a firm price for your location. 


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