Vintage Tub and Bath Fixtures, with Photos

 

It’s rather ironic that in the twenty-first century, some of the most popular decorating trends for new homes and remodeling jobs come from the past. Of course, antique furniture never goes out of style, so I suppose the same is true for vintage bathroom fixtures.

 

The vintage tub and bath idea is taking the U.S. by storm. Antique clawfoot tubs are going for unheard of prices at auction houses across the country, and major businesses have sprung up that specialize in refinishing these vintage clawfoot tubs.

 

When it comes to a vintage tub and bath, the Victorian period is perhaps the most popular. This period ended at the beginning of the twentieth century. Another popular period for the vintage tub and bath design is the Art Deco period, which began around 1925 and lasted through much of the 1940s.

 

 

What does vintage mean?

 

Vintage means old, from a certain era. When you use the word vintage to describe furnishings or décor, the term often denotes a classical period for that specific item or items. For example, the classical periods for bathrooms and bathroom fixtures is usually considered to be 1900 through the 1940s. This includes the end of the Victorian period and the beginning of the post-World War II era.

 

The vintage bath tub

 

The vintage bath tub might take many shapes. The original tubs were usually made of cast iron and had an enamel finish. A modern replica of a vintage bath tub might be constructed of cast iron or of acrylic.

 

One of the most popular types of vintage bath tub is the clawfoot tub. These are generally made of cast iron with an enamel finish. Most of the clawfoot tubs are raised off the floor by “legs” or “feet.” Many have what’s known as “ball and feet.” In other words, the clawed foot, which often resembles the clawed paw of an animal like a lion, is resting on a ball. The balls and claws might be made of bronze, brass, chrome, or nickel. These might also be made of white cast iron to match the rest of the tub. There are several styles of claw foot tubs:

 

Vintage tub - classic clawfoot
Vintage tub - classic clawfoot

Classic clawfoot tub – This vintage bath tub has one squared-ff end and one rounded end. The rounded end is made to be comfortable to the bather, while the faucet is placed at the square end. Consumers generally have the moist choices of sizes with this type of vintage tub. They range from 48 inches up to 72 inches in overall length.

 

Vintage tub: double-ended clawfoot
Vintage tub: double-ended clawfoot

Double ended clawfoot tub – This vintage bath tub has two rounded ends, so it’s an elongated oval in shape. The faucet is usually place midway on the wall side of the vintage tub to allow for two bathers. These bathtubs are usually 60-70 inches in length.

Slipper bathtub
Slipper bathtub

 

Slipper bathtub – The slipper bathtubs usually have one rounded end and one raised rounded end. A few slipper bathtubs have a square end, along with a raised rounded end. Slipper tubs are steadily gaining in popularity, not only for their visual appeal, but also for their comfort. The raised end makes the perfect backrest for long soaks.

 

Double slipper bathtub
Double slipper bathtub

 

Double slipper bathtubs – The double slipper bathtub has two raised rounded ends. This type of slipper tub is usually 71-72 inches in overall length. The faucet is usually placed at the side of the slipper tubs instead of at one end. This makes it possible for two people to bathe comfortably at the same time.

Vintage tub - pedestal tub
Vintage tub - pedestal tub

Pedestal vintage tub

 

Pedestal tubs are also popular choices for homeowners who are looking for a vintage bath tub and a vintage tub and bath look. These tubs are basically shaped like the classic clawfoot, the double-ended clawfoot, or the double slipper bathtub. Instead of resting on legs, however, this type of vintage tub rests on a pedestal.

 

Copper clawfoot vintage tub
Copper clawfoot vintage tub

Copper vintage bath tub

 

Another type of vintage tub is the copper bathtub. Most of these are in the shape of slipper bathtubs or double slipper bathtubs. Like the slipper tubs, these copper models usually have one or two rounded raised ends. Some of the copper tubs rest on feet, while others are freestanding like the pedestal tubs. Copper is a wonderful material for tubs and sinks because of its natural antibacterial properties.

 

Vintage sinks

 

Sinks for a vintage bath, like the tubs, might take several shapes. These include pedestal sinks, console sinks, vessel sinks, wall mount sinks, basin sinks, copper sinks, or sinks in vanities.

pedestal sink
pedestal sink

 

Pedestal sink – The pedestal sink sits atop a single pedestal. The shape of the sink can be round, square, oval, or made to fit perfectly in a corner.

console sink
console sink

 

Console sink – The console sink rests on two or four legs. The models with two legs are mounted to the wall at the back edge of the sink unit. The legs can be straight, turned, or Queen Anne in style. The art deco console sinks often have chrome legs.

 

vessel sink
vessel sink

 

Vessel sink – This sink sits atop of a counter or surface instead of being recessed into it. Vessel sinks can be made of glass, stone, china, or metal.

 

antique wall mount sink
antique wall mount sink

 

Wall mount sink – Wall mount sinks are mounted directly to a wall and have no legs or supporting cabinet or vanity underneath. They come in square, round, rectangular, and half-moon shapes. There’s also a model that fits into a corner.

 

basin sink
basin sink

 

Basin sink – A basin sink is dropped into a bathroom counter. They come in several shapes, including ornate ones like scallop shells. Some of the basin sinks may also be painted with a design to match your bathroom décor.

 

copper sink
copper sink

 

Copper sink – Copper sinks come in several finishes, including smooth and hammered. Many are hand crafted, so no two copper sinks will be exactly alike. As with the copper vintage tub, the copper sink has inherent antibacterial properties.

 

A vanity sink
A vanity sink

Sinks in vanities – Using a vanity in a bathroom is a good way to carry out a vintage look. Simply choose an antique cabinet that complements your décor and use it to hold your sink. The plumbing is hidden inside the vanity cabinet.

 

vintage toilet
vintage toilet

Vintage toilets

The classic vintage toilet is the high tank toilet with the pull chain. If you don’t like this type of toilet but still want to maintain a vintage tub and bath look, you can always add vintage flush levers to more modern toilets. These might have a porcelain handle or a brass handle to continue your vintage bath motif.

Are you ready?

 I hope after reading this article and looking at the photos you now have some ideas for your vintage tub and bath. Remember, everything in the room doesn't have to be vintage to give your décor an old fashioned flair. You might consider adding just a vintage bath tub, like a slipper bathtub, for example. Not only do slipper tubs and other comfy bathtubs of vintage type provide interest, they'll also provide long hot bubble baths and great stress relief!

While you're shopping for your vintage tub and bath, browse the internet to compare prices!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

OOps, habee, is back in the bathroom again hahaha Seriously, they are wonderful suggesttions and I wish I could do my bathroom. Thank you for a wonderful hub.


Woody 6 years ago

when i built my house, we found an old claw foot tub that needed work. i had it sand blasted & refinished. it took 4 people to tote that thing up stairs. very heavy


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Nice ideas. I have a pedestal sink very similar to the one you showed.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I am all for these models :-)


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Years ago I told my husband i wanted to take an old dresser and turn it into a sink for our bathroom. He told me I was nuts. Now look what's happening!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I once lived in an apartment with an old tub that was so big my little boy learned to float in it!


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Love these pictures! My dream bathroom would have a vintage tub like these.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

I LOVE the clawfoot bathtub!! I would love to have one of these! They bring such a charm an elegance with them!! Fabulous hub!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

These vintage tubs are wonderful. My grandmother had a claw foot bathtub. I loved getting into it! Comfortable!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

"Back in the bathroom." Funny, HH!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah, Woody, that cast iron is a beeotch!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Bpop, I want one in my bathroom!

Greek, good to see you here!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Granny, never listen to your husband about decorating! lol


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Those vintage baths are stylish but my bathrrom is just too small. I am not keen on the vintage loos perhaps because I remember them first time around.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Totally awesome photos and love the 'old fashioned' look - isn't it funny how we do come full circle! Great job as always and makes me want to go take a nice, long soak since I just got back from riding the dogs - urban mushing makes you need a soak!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sheila, we have one of those!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Daisy! Mine too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Herbi!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Smireless, the comfy vintage tub is great for a long soak!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Eth, they have small clawfoot vintage bathtubs, too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Audrey, I found my granddaughter riding Hamlet yesterday - literally!


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub Habee. I loved all the pictures. I remember when I was in Elementary School, I think it was second grade, the teacher had a clawfoot bathtub in the classroom. She had it full of pillows and I loved getting in it and reading. Now I wish I had one in my bathroom. It would be great to relax in after a long day.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

These are my style! I know we should celebrate our advanced indoor plumbing but i love the claw feet and especially in the slipper tub you uploaded a picture of! And the vintage toilet...priceless! Thanks Habee for making me wish for something I won't have for years if ever! LOL Great hub and pictures!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nancy, cool idea about the "reading tub"!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Ann! I love the idea of the vintage tub, especially those slipper tubs!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very nice way to redecorate. Good hub.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Pam!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I think it's a trend I'm definitely happy about. I mean, back in the day there was so much more design and character, and intricate detail. Granted, there was a heart and a mind and an imagination behind each and every creation, and so really, these were artisans. Nowadays we focus far too much on static stuff—go to college and learn how to draw lines, and then tell a computer what lines to draw and where. We've lost something in that. Even though I'm sure some of this vintage stuff is created by the help of CAD, hopefully what we'll get out of it is some of that artisanship we had before. SOMEBODY has to have an imagination these days for something other than just creating game worlds. lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

So true, Jim! I hadn't really thought of it that way!


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viryabo 6 years ago

Fantastic hub habee. You know i love anything vintage and the past era pieces are always the best. They have so much character and were made with quality in mind.

Really enjoyed. Great photos.

Cheers habee.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I love these vintage tubs, especially, virybo!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

habee, Really cool Tub Hub...I love the slipper tub. I'm a tall gal and our modern day tubs just aren't built for bigger folks it looks like the slipper tub would be perfect. I love how it's higher in the back for you to actually lay back and relax...Ewww I want one. Thanks for the great tub hub, just had to say that again. Peace :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Nice hub, I have always loved vintage tubs and accessories. They certainly have come a long way.

Sage


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Lol, Katie - tub hub. Love it!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sage, I do, too! I would love to have a slipper tub in my bathroom!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

they are antique, beautiful habee, Maita


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Maita, thanks for stopping by!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I see that every time I drive through a typical modern subdivision. No character. Just houses. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah, Jim. I know! Cookie cutter houses.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautiful tubs. I had a couple of these along the way! Thank you Habee!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for visiting, Micky!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love anything vintage, in fact my whole house is vintage. Those old claw foot tubs are so pretty. They look great for a long bath with a book! (I came here from a link on treasuretrove which I checked out after you recommended it in the forums!)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you found treasurestrove, Dolores!


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mhuze 6 years ago from USA

Didn't realize there were so many types of vintage (clawfoot) tubs. They all look pretty cool to me.

Enjoyed your hub!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, mhuze!


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elf_cash 6 years ago

I really like the clawfoot tubs.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

vintage clawfoot tubs are cool!


kellie 6 years ago

Hi, I have a question. My boss gave me an old tub, the feet are fish. I never have seen one like that and can't find one on the enternet. Have you ever seen one or know anything about it.

Kellie, KY


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Kellie, I've never seen a clawfoot tub like that! You might have something rare!


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zuhr-akb 5 years ago from uk

old is gold and vintage bath tubs and fixtures really stands out and could make a real difference with classic touch. good one .like that .


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks a bunch!


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whitton 5 years ago

Enjoyed reading your Hub! I think vintage tubs are great and they create a whole new look for your bathroom.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Many thanks for reading!


grannyjo 5 years ago

I have a vintage tub that has frog feet for the claws...is that unusual? I can't find any references online.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Wow,I've never seen one of those! Take a pic and ask at antique stores.


bill 4 years ago

got a tub in a storage unit that i bid on, and it had a cast iron tub{not clawfoot} it has angled ends, instead of round. would you know what it is?legs are about 1" thick and 4" wide, straight down.


Molly 21 months ago

Thanks for this! We have a sink exactly like the first pedestal sink pictured here, but ours was recently broken during construction. Do you have any idea of the make/model of the sink pictured in your article?


arlene 9 months ago

for Molly, I'm looking for the exact pedestal. I have the sink bowl. I've been tracking it down by the numbers under the bowl and this is what I found: Niagara Conservation Corp., 1800-831-8383, It's hopefully model West Minster. I don't know the manufacturer yet but I'm working on it. 12/08/2015 believe it or not I found a trade mark on the underside of the bowl and tracked it down.

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