Join me as I embrace and share truly authentic American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Antique Bathtub

...and I really mean "antique" bathtub.


I never know what I might find here, but this really takes the cake. No one knows where it came from, where it was used and we have never found another one online, or anywhere. This bathtub folds up, rolls,  and has its own tank.


This is folded up for moving...


Although it rolls, it is VERY heavy so we could not move it far. Here is the frame without the tub.






Here is the patent info...




So I think this might be a definite winner for most unique, vintage find this week. I would love to know where this might have been used. Since the railroad came through here in the early 1900s, and there is a large, old hotel, Balsam Mountain Inn here, I thought it might have been used in one of those places but my dad has no idea. 

In the meantime, I'm actually working on a big project in the kitchen that involves the grey paint  I matched up to the antique boards from my great grandfather's house. Some things just take forever because I just don't have time to work on them. And, I'll introduce you to our chicks and show you their new home! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!! 

Anita

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23 comments:

  1. beautiful photography Anita, really great piece of your local history.......maybe use as a unique planter or just as is....can't wait to see your new grey paint, wood....so creative....hope you all had a great fourth.....

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  2. That is something, a tub with its own tank! I can see that all fixed up in the yard, and it would be a self watering container! xo

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  3. Bet it did come from an old hotel ! On wheels so it could be moved from room to room . What a find !

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  4. Wow!!! I have never seen one with a tank like that. That is an awesome find! I hope you guys had a great 4th!

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  5. What a cool find! Hope that you will find out the history of the tub.

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  6. Oh, you are definitely the winner of the most unusual vintage find this week!!! That is very neat. The questions is - have you used it?

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  7. Really neat find!!!
    Can you imagine using one of these all the time? hehe
    Might be fun!
    Have a delightful Summer,
    d

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  8. What a unique piece of history! I agree, it looks like something from a hotel-rolling it from room to room. Bet it still was a big pain! Did they fill the tank after it was moved?

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  9. I've never seen (or heard) anything like it. Very interesting with the tank above!

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  10. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful find. Amazing!

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  11. Anita, What an unusual and unique find. Very interesting!
    Mary Alice

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  12. Wow, what a neat find!! You always have the greatest stuff!

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  13. Anita, American Pickers once had a fold up tub they found in their travels, but it was made of wood I think. Anyway, this one is so cool. Definitely unique. Fun to see the way things used to be.
    Liz

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  14. That is hands down one of the coolest vintage finds I have ever seen! What an amazing piece of history you have there Anita. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  15. That is really cool! I've only seen a couple of those, but never in real life. One was in a Victorian homes magazine or a book, maybe, and the other I think I saw on Antiques Roadshow!! Awesome tub!

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  16. Oh I love it! So unique with lots of history I am sure. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  17. Anita -- I have actually seen one of these a few years back in an Antique shop in Grand Island, NE -- I assume it sold because I frequent that shop and it isn't there any longer - they had the tub full of silk flowers - it truely is an interesting piece.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your kitchen project :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  18. Hey Anita, what a find! yep, sounds like you might have found an old cowboy or railroad men's tub! pretty funny, I've never seen anything like it! thanks for coming over to party!

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  19. And I thought I had an old bathtub. wow, that one is amazing! I will bet that it is pre-1900. I am a new follower here! So happy to have found your blog!

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  20. Wow...that is really different! I love old things but I am spoiled to some finer things like running water!!! lol....so I will be keeping my tub and not looking for one of those! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. How cool is that! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  22. What a find!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  23. hello, i just bought an exact tub as yours (minus the thank and wheels) on santa fe craigslist
    from what ive found from the illegible patent number is that it was made in the late 20's or early 30s. for a tub, its lightweight and made of galvanized metal w/ cast iron support feet... cant wait to restore it:)
    thanks for your post

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