At the end of a long day, nothing is more relaxing than a nice hot bath in a deep tub, but bathing wasn't always a common practice. As a luxury only afforded by the wealthy, bathing was a ritual that the every day man simply could not partake in. With the completion of the Croton Aqueduct in New York City in 1842 supplying local fire hydrants with pressurized water came the dawn of modern plumbing. By the 1850s indoor plumbing became a household luxury to the wealthy and by 1920 about 1% of U.S. households had plumbing. By 1950 nearly every household in America had some form of plumbing.
|Antique clawfoot tub with feet. Image by Hannah Manning.|
With plumbing fixtures designed for the taste of the times, the clawfoot tub emerged as a beautiful, yet functional bathroom must-have. Today, bath tubs come is all shapes and sizes, but the antique clawfoot tub still reigns supreme. Made of cast iron, antique clawfoot tubs can be refinished and restored adding a touch of historic charm to any bathroom.
|Antique cast iron clawfoot tub before restoration, shown|
without its classic feet. Image by Charles Wiesner.
|Antique cast iron tub after refinishing. |
Image by Charles Wiesner.
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