This pitcher, the basin and another companion piece, the covered soap dish, all came from Isabel Storie Day's (1830-1915) home. Her house was built in 1860 on the Somerville-Wegatchie Cross Road. Her husband, William Day died in 1887.
In an article titled, Outposts of Civilization, Frederick Remington wrote, "wash-basins are the advance-guards of progress." The article appeared in Harper's new monthly magazine Volume 88, Issue 523, December, 1893. This washbasin and pitcher were being used in Gouverneur around the same time that Frederick Remington was in Mexico, writing about the significance of wash basins.