Mat Innes-Irons scours clearing sales for an interesting collection.JENNA BISHOP March 15, 2014 6:39am
Pan-tastic: Mat Innes-Irons has a collection of antique bedpans he has mostly picked up at clearing sales.
Mat Innes-Irons has a collection of antique porcelain objects of all shapes and sizes.
They are not the usual antique collectors item, though — they are a bunch of antique bedpans.
For Mr Innes-Irons, bedpans are serious business, not some crappy collectible.
‘‘I stopped collecting when they started making them out of plastic. It was an insult,’’ he said.
Among his collection are Maw’s ‘‘Popular Perfection’’ Pan and The New Bed Slipper Pan.
He said the English brands were mostly superior for the posterior.
‘‘They’re built for comfort,’’ he said.
He said most of his treasures were picked up at clearing sales.
‘‘They make them the first cab off the rank because they know they’ll be so popular,’’ Mr Innes-Irons said.
His collection started in an unusual way.
‘‘When I was at Friars (Cafe) I wanted something to put on the A-frame board out the front, so I wrote ‘Bedpans wanted: new or used’. A few days later, a bloke came in and asked me if I wanted a bedpan off him,’’ he said.
To ensure they were in the best condition, Mr Innes-Irons believed bedpans should be cleaned once a week.
‘‘You just never know when you’ll have people coming to stay. You’ve got to have your bedpans clean, you never know when you might want to use one,’’ he said.
Mr Innes-Irons said he was the first to admit his collection was a little out of the ordinary.
‘‘Some people might think its weird collecting bedpans — and so do I,’’ he said.
‘‘But when I go to hospital, I can take my own, it’s like taking your own comfortable pillow.’’
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