Household appliances

  • Filip Mafrans washing machine

    Inventory number: 4328
    Date: First quarter of the 20th c.
    Origin: Belgium
    Dimensions: 101 x 107 x 90 cm. Maximum diameter: 65 cm or 46.5 cm

    The first washing machines were developed in the late 18th century and gradually improved throughout the 19th century, always as appliances used by a minority.

    This early-20th century washing machine built by Filip Mafrans follows the design pattern of the manual washing machines of the 19th century which were wooden and bucket-shaped. However, this example is already powered by a small external electrical motor. When the laundry was being done extreme care had to be taken to keep the motor dry and prevent it from breaking down.