I thought I would see if I could find on-line the illustration I
mentioned previously of medieval beds and a close stool. No such
luck, but I did find some interesting stuff nonetheless.
The talented Lady Ceara ni Neill of Atlantia has made a nifty and
decorative close stool, which may be seen here.
A Power Point slide presentation about King Charles (I?) Velvet-
covered close stool (his "Other Throne"), including some construction
details. Intended for school children, apparently. Click on various
parts of the item for close-ups, details and thought-provoking
An intriguing exhibition, which closed this past January <alas>,
called "Privy to the Past", which was sponsored by Georgia-Pacific,
makers of Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, and mounted (as it were) by
the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, Wisconsin. It included a
variety of historical toilets, including a close stool, an earth
closet and a non-functioning reconstruction of a life-size Roman
latrine that visitors could sit on. I couldn't find a picture of the
close stool, but this exhibition is definitely in the "weird but
wonderful" category. Type "Privy to the Past" into your search engine.
An antique 17c close stool, unfortunately already sold:
-- Signy (Does it look like I have too much time on my hands?)