Dry Sink

Dry sinks were used to hold the pitcher and wash basin that were standard in any well equipped home. You might find a dry sink in the kitchen or bedroom area and more than one farmer’s wife kept one on the back porch.

The dry sink was a cabinet with a recessed area on top. More expensive dry sinks had these areas lined with copper or other waterproof material. The recessed area kept the water from the pitcher and bowl contained while someone washed up. The dry sink also had storage areas where extra towels and personal items would be kept.


Product Description

  • Dimensions: H = 34, W = 20, L = 48
  • Solid Black Cherry construction
  • Dovetailed drawer
  • Cast brass latches
  • Bronze signature medallion
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Shipping Information: Local pickup is available, or we’ll provide a quote once we have your shipping information

Delivery Estimate:  6-8 weeks

Guarantee: We stand behind our product in every way.

  • Delivery – If your order is lost or damaged in transit, we will replace or repair it. You pay nothing.
  • Satisfaction – If you don’t like it when you get it, you may return it for a full refund, and we will pay for return shipping.
  • Service – If it breaks, we will fix it.

This dry sink is the model for ours; the original dry sink is in the Newell K. Whitney General Store in Kirtland, Ohio.

Mary remembers

Both my grandmothers had one and my mother still has one, which is the one I used while growing up. As a little girl I wasn’t necessarily impressed with them because my friends all had a sink with running water. We only had hand pumps, so all the water had to be carried in and heated on the stove. The one thing I learned was that I had to be careful when washing dishes as the more water I got in the sink, the more I had to clean up with my dish cloth. Not much fun! Later, as I grew up I actually liked them. The ones we had were lined with steel, but seeing the ones at the history sites brought back many memories. I still would want one just because!