1860 - 1900 Hat Bathtub

Description
In the early 20th century Sears, Roebuck & Co. Inc. continued to advertise the hat–shaped bathtub for $4.20 in their catalog. In 1900, for five cents more, one could purchase a “Combination Bath Tub,” a cross between a sitz and a hat tub. Though an awkward–looking contraption, the advertisement claimed that there was “nothing better made in a tin tub.”*
This hat tub likely had years of use. Though well worn, traces of the first green coat of paint can be seen beneath the second layer of beige on the tub’s exterior. The Sears 20th–century example notes that its 3-X tin bath was japanned and varnished on the outside.
For more information on bathing and bathtubs in the 19th and early 20th centuries, please see the introduction to this online exhibition.
*Joseph J. Schroeder, Jr., ed., Sears, Roebuck and Co. Consumers Guide, Fall 1900, (Northfield, IL: DBI Books, Inc., 1970), 920.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tub, bath
date made
1860 - 1900
mid 19th Century
maker
unknown
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
iron (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22.5 cm x 10.5 cm x 95.3 cm; 8 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 37 1/2 in
place made
unknown
ID Number
DL*238049.0085
catalog number
238049.0085
accession number
238049
subject
Bathing
Family & Social Life
Domestic Furnishings
Portable Bathtubs
Bathtubs
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Bathtubs
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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