1830 - 1850 Boat Shaped Bathtub


Nineteenth–century bathtubs were viewed as furniture rather than fixtures. As such, tin tubs were often decorated with painted stripes and swags or marbleized to imitate wood. This tub, with its multicolored stripes around the top edge and its painted wood stand, would fit appropriately among the other "fancy" household furniture of the period. This tub likely was used in a dressing room or bedroom.

For more information on bathing and bathtubs in the 19th and early 20th centuries, please see the introduction to this online exhibition.

Date Made: 1830 - 1850

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Used: BathingReferenced: Portable Bathtubs


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Bathtubs, Family & Social Life, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Susanne G. Swift

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.68.0723Catalog Number: 68.0723Accession Number: 275377

Object Name: Tub, Bathtub, bath

Physical Description: tin (overall material)paint (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 44 in x 16 in; 30.48 cm x 111.76 cm x 40.64 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-2070-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_318823

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