1830 - 1850 Boat Shaped Bathtub

1830 - 1850 Boat Shaped Bathtub

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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.
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Object Name
Tub, Bath
tub, bath
date made
1830 - 1850
Place Made
United States
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 44 in x 16 in; 30.48 cm x 111.76 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Susanne G. Swift
Portable Bathtubs
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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