Often it's the little things that enable life to run a tad more smoothly. This liquid soap dispenser, was made by Hortons of Rickmansworth, Herts. Its predecesor was designed and patented way back in 1917/18 by L.W Holmes (extract below), and although modifications have been made nothing has bettered the original concept.
When used with Horton's 'Homocal' liquid detergent it claimed that not a drop was wasted (important in times of rationing). Its sucess as a design must also reflect the growing awareness of the importance of hygene in the home & workplace.
NOW WASH YOUR HANDS PLEASE!.
Be it known that I, LEONARD WILLIAM HOLMES, a subject of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, residing at Rickmansworth, in the county of Hertford, England, have invented new and useful Improvements in Liquid-Soap-Dispensing Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.
This invention has relation to apparatus for dispensing or delivering small quantities of liquid soap into the hand of a person desiring to perform his ablutions and the invention has for its object to provide a liquid soap dispensing apparatus that shall be cheap to manufacture and simple in construction.
Liquid soap dispensing apparatus as now made is provided with valves and moving parts in contact with the soap and as the soap coagulates the valves and moving parts are very liable to choke or stick, so rendering the dispensing apparatus useless. Liquid soap dispensing apparatus in accordance with this invention is devoid of valves and moving parts in contact with the soap.
Size Height 15cm, protrudes 14cm from wall
CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL:STAINLESS STEEL
CONDITION: GOOD WORKING ORDER
Vintage stainless steel 'HORTON'Liquid soap dispenser.
British design patented, 1918