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Clawfoot Tub Resources


1) Our Manufacturers
2) Replacement Parts
3) Plumbing Tools and Home Repair
4) Purchasing / Selling Antique Items
5) Architectural Salvage Yards
6) Design Resources 7) Kitchen Products
8) Magazines, Books, & Videos
9) Tub Refinishers
10) Real Estate
11) Disclaimer

 

1) MANUFACTURERS:

American Bath Factory
American Bath Factory was founded in 1984. Making quality Clawfoot Tub that are easy to install and enjoyable to use has always been their mission. Their unshakable belief in the quality of our products is supported with an unheard of 25 year limited warranty. Vintage Tub & Bath can special order any American Bath Factory item not found on our website by either calling our Sales Department at 877-868-1369 or emailing us at supply@vintagetub.com.

American Standard
Founded in 1875, American Standard is the world's largest producer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings. Around the world, its products are sold under brand names such as Ideal Standard, Standard, Porcher, Jado, Absolute, Trevi and Sottini. Most American Standard products come with a 1-year limited warranty.

Banner
A division of Woodmark International (founded 1968), Banner faucets are an excellent value for the price; having solid cast brass waterways and an all metal housing. Their faucets have protective finishes for long lasting beauty. All Banner faucets come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Belle Foret
The Belle Foret collection includes a full-range of kitchen and bath faucets, copper sinks, stone vessels, and bath vanities in five fashionable finishes to perfectly complement almost any decor. True to the Country French design, these distinctively elegant faucets and fixtures are graced by the rich patina of time - without the wait or expense. Their items comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Cheviot
Cheviot Products is proud to bring you timeless traditional bathroom fixtures. Whether you are restoring a heritage home, building a new one, or simply renovating your existing home, their product line features items that replicate the luxurious splendor of the Victorian era, the angular lines of Art Deco, and the ultimate in modern design, providing the individuality and timeless appeal you are looking for.

ClearMirror
ClearMirror® mirror defoggers are specially-designed mirror heaters that get adhered to the backs of mirrors, keeping them fog-free in the steamiest conditions. ClearMirror products come with a 5-year limited warranty.

Delta
From innovative faucet designs and cutting-edge safety features to Brilliance®, the lifetime anti-tarnish finish, Delta® continues to lead the way in the faucet industry. With Delta, you'll discover a commitment to Quality that extends through the entire product line and a Lifetime Faucet and Finish Limited Warranty to back it up.

Elizabethan Classics
Classic cast iron clawfoot tubs, acrylic clawfoot tubs, bath faucets, Victorian-style water closets, pedestal lavatories and console lavatories - all inspired by the days when style was warm, comfortable and appealing with just a flourish of understated sophistication. This elegant collection perfectly captures the charm of the past - a more relaxed, slower-paced, romantic time. Elizabethan Classics collection is as timeless in design as it is sound in function.

Gatco
Gatco is recognized as the innovative global leader, celebrating over 30 years of providing the best in solid brass fashion bathware. Gatco will complement your every decorating desire with style, form, and function. Their signature has always been, and will remain, quality craftsmanship at sensible prices.

Herbeau Creations
Five generations of the Herbeau family have run Herbeau Creations since 1857. At Herbeau, the human touch is evident in every stage of the manufacturing process. This makes it possible for Herbeau to mold and decorate their earthenware products according to the pure traditions of 18th century French artisans. Herbeau Creations offers a limited warranty.

Kimball and Young
Kimball & Young is America's largest importer of magnification mirror products. Distortion-free magnifications from 3X to 8X are offered in a variety of frames in a variety of finishes. Kimball & Young Mirrors are warranted free from defects in material and workmanship. All metal finishes and reflective materials are fully warranted for three years.

Kohler
Throughout their nearly 130-year history Kohler Co. has remained true to their founding vision of defining the frontiers of ideas, craftsmanship and technology. Unparalleled product design and innovation have led the way to a diverse portfolio of respected brand names with operations on six continents. Vintage Tub and Bath is proud to carry a wide range Kohler tubs, faucets, toilets and sinks. Kohler products generally come with a one-year limited warranty.

Moen Kitchen Faucets and Fixtures
Moen, originally part of Ravenna Metal Products of Seattle, Washington, became part of Stanadyne, Inc., in 1956 as the Company's only consumer brand. Stanadyne was acquired in 1988 by Forstmann-Little & Company. In 1989, Moen was given the status of an independent company and renamed Moen Incorporated before being purchased by MasterBrand industries, Inc., an operating company of American Brands, in 1990. American Brands became Fortune Brands in 1997, and Moen is now part of the Fortune Brands Home and Hardware group. With Moen, you'll always find the perfect balance between styles you'll love and innovation you can live with. Click here to view warranty information.

Porcher
The Porcher line from American Standard is not for the timid or those who wish to blend in. The designs featured here are artistic creations imported from the imaginations of leading designers. If you have a passion for things less ordinary, Porcher products will help you design a bathroom that has "you" written all over it.

Price Pfister
Price Pfister was founded in 1910 by Emil Price and William Pfister. Built in 1910, the Los Angeles based factory was one of the most modern and efficient in the entire West. Price Pfister offers products of unsurpassed quality. By utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques and rigorous product testing, they are able to develop durable products that meet the requirements of even the most demanding customers. And every faucet Price Pfister makes is backed with a guarantee of quality that covers both finish and function for life. Click here to view warranty information.

Restoria Bathtubs
Restoria Bathtub Company was founded out of a small porcelain resurfacing/ceramic tile business in 2001. Michael Mask, now President & Chief craftsman of Restoria, had been working in the bathtub restoration business since 1985. The world's most high-quality, durable, and elegant acrylic clawfoot bathtub replica. Restoria bathtubs grace bathrooms from coast to coast, even in areas of the globe such as the Virgin Islands and Japan.

Robern
Robern, a Kohler company located in Bristol, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1968 and is the leader in bath storage solutions. Robern seeks to pioneer and promote the development of the personal vanity environment, by providing personal choice, stylish designs and innovative features for consumers. Robern offers a 1-year limited warranty.

St. Thomas Creations
St. Thomas Creations was founded in 1987 as a sanitary ware and bathroom fixture company. Over the years they have expanded by adding new designs, new product lines and acquisitions in the faucet and fixtures market. St. Thomas Creations products include lavatories, water closets, bidets, bathtubs, whirlpool baths, faucets, fixtures and mirrors. Although best known as a distributor, St.Thomas Creations is also a manufacturer as well and operates five china manufacturing plants in Mexico, Italy, England and China. St. Thomas Creations' warranty is different for each type of product.

Strom Plumbing (Sign of the Crab)
For over 30 years, California based Strom Plumbing has provided North America with quality faucets at affordable prices. Each of their faucets is solid brass, skillfully manufactured and 100% tested before it leaves their factory. All items are warranted to be free of manufacturing and mechanical defects for a period of 5 years from date of purchase.

Sunrise Specialty
Sunrise Specialty strives to provide authentic period designs crafted of original materials such as cast iron, vitreous porcelain, and solid brass, while using technology where appropriate to ensure performance and satisfaction expected in a modern plumbing system. All their faucets and showers are constructed of solid brass with washerless ceramic valves to assure many years of trouble free use. Sunrise Specialty provides a lifetime limited warranty covering the faucet valves and handmade ceramic handles.

Vanity Classics
Vanity Classic's is a division of Custom Cast MarbleWorks, a family owned business now in its third generation that has been manufacturing and distributing high quality kitchen and bath products since the early 1950's. All of their pieces in their Dynasty and Designer Console Collections are handcrafted from solid wood. All the vanities with carvings in the Dynasty Collection are actually carved by hand with no use of appliques. This manufacturer has a one year limited warranty from the date of purchase on wood products and a twelve year warranty on cast stone vanity tops.

Warmrails
Warmrails' product line consists of over 10 heated towel warmers, varying in size, style and price. Each unit has been designed specifically for the U.S. market. Most models can be mounted to a wall, either hard-wired (by a professional) or soft wired, allowing them to be plugged into a standard outlet. Some models offer the unique ability to be used freestanding. Warmrails guarantees all of their products for a full year from the date of purchase against defects in workmanship and materials.

Whitehaus
Whitehaus Collection is your source for original designs and imports of quality decorative plumbing fixtures to be found in the kitchen and bath. From traditional to contemporary design, they bring to you a broad selection of styles and finishes for sinks, faucets, and accessories.

World Imports
For more than 30 years, World Imports has brought a higher standard of style and sophistication to interior designers around the world. Each piece, whether traditional classic, contemporary or strikingly eclectic, is an individual work of art. With World Imports original collections, you have a unique resource for lighting of unsurpassed quality, design and workmanship.

 

2) NEED HARD-TO-FIND PARTS?

If you need hard-to-find parts for your vintage plumbing, we suggest checking out these companies:

L.A.S. Replacement Parts
L.A.S. Replacement Parts Inc., founded as Replacement Parts Co. in 1946, manufactures "Brass" product replacement parts for every major fittings manufacturer in the plumbing industry.

American Standard Parts
Stocking Genuine Parts for all American Standard Products.

Di Napoli Plumbing Parts
An excellent resource for locating hard-to-find plumbing parts.

Northeast Plumbing Specialties
Northeast Plumbing Specialties has in stock plumbing faucets, fixtures, and replacement parts for: American Kitchen, American Standard, Briggs, Central, Chicago, Crane, Delta, Dick Bros., Eyer, Elkay, Gerber, Halsey-Taylor, Indiana Brass, Kohler, Lawler, Mansfield, Moen, Price Pfister, Power Regulator, Savoy, Sayco, Sterling, Schiable, Speakman, Symmons, T & S Brass, Union Brass, Universal Rundle, Valley, and Zurn. They also carry Flush-o-meter complete values and repair parts for Aqua-Flush, Cayne-Delaney, Hedyes & Brothers, and Sloan & Zurn.

HardToFindPlumbingParts.com
HardToFindPlumbingParts.com has over 30 years of Service and Knowledge in the plumbing and repair industry. They specialize in recognizing and duplicating every possible type of plumbing part - especially faucets and faucet parts.

Moen Faucet Repair Parts
Answer your faucet repair needs with dependable faucet replacement parts from Moen. If you need to fix a Moen bathroom or kitchen faucet, we carry a large selection of faucet repair and replacement parts to get your faucet working properly.

Alfano Replacement Plumbing Parts
Over 50,000 hard-to-find plumbing parts in stock.

 

3) Plumbing Tools and Home Repair

If you are in need of strap wrenches, pipe cutters, teflon tape, or other plumbing supplies to assist in the installation of your reproduction fixtures, check out Aubuchon Hardware, or the tool department at Sears.com.

For information on a range of indoor and outdoor home repairs, RepairHome.com is a good source. Their site includes a plumbing section that describes how to clear a blocked drain, repair a faucet, fix a leaky toilet, and solve other plumbing problems you may encounter. For even more on toilet repairs, toiletology.com has a wealth of information on all matters related to this subject.

With over 1500 various bathroom accessories, Victorian Plumbing offers the most extensive range of bathroom taps, designer bathroom showers & kitchen taps in UK.

 

4) Selling / Purchasing Vintage Tubs and Sinks:

Currently, Vintage Tub and Bath is not purchasing vintage or antique clawfoot tubs. If you are looking to purchase or sell an antique plumbing fixture, we recommend that you search SalvageWeb or Old House Web for architectural salvage yards in your area.

Some of the major national architectural salvage yards are listed below.

 

5) Architectural Salvage Yards:

Nationally known salvage yards:

ReStore Home Improvement Center – Restore Home Improvement Center is a community-based, non-profit store located in Springfield, Massachusetts that accepts donations of home improvement materials from homeowners, contractors, manufacturers, retailers and municipal collection centers. In turn, ReStore recycles the materials by selling the items to the public at affordable prices. A great idea worth investigating! Check out their links page to find a reuse-type store near you.

http://www.architectural-emporium.com (Canonsburg, PA)

http://www.architecturalsalvage.com (Louisville, KY)

http://www.architecturalsalvagevt.com/ (Burlington, VT)

http://www.blackdogsalvage.com (Roanoke, VA)

http://www.floridavictorian.com (Deland, FL)

http://www.oldegoodthings.com/ (New York, NY & Scranton, PA)

http://www.oldhousesalvage.com/ (Exeter, NH)

http://www.recentruins.com/ (Richmond, VA)

http://www.recyclingthepast.com (Barnegat, NJ)

http://www.salvageone.com/ (Chicago, IL)

http://www.santafewrecking.com/ (Los Angeles, CA)

http://www.seattlebuildingsalvage.com/ (Seattle & Everett, WA)

http://www.secondchanceinc.org/ (non-profit organization in Baltimore, MD)

http://www.tonysarchitecturalsalvage.com/ (Orange, CA)

http://www.vintageplumbing.com (Chatsworth, CA)

http://www.whiteriversalvage.com (Indianapolis, IN)

 

6) Design Resources:

a) Tile
We get a lot of questions about this subject and we know of several tile resources that are worth checking into. Architerra Northwest makes gorgeous tiles, and they have a number of dealers across the country that can assist you. Our second recommendation - Design Tiles of Mifflinburg (PA) - is a small firm that has done some impressive work – including hand-painted tiles and murals. Arts-and-crafts purists will love the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works - a working history museum that hand-makes vintage tile. Their museum is well worth a visit if you find yourself in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Arkansas-based American Restoration Tile has some really nice vintage-style tile for your next project. Finally, Monticello Tile Design of Carpentersville, Illinois offers a wide selection of beautiful floor medallions. Their website allows you to customize a medallion using a range of colors and materials, or they can work with you to design a one-of-a-kind floor piece using your own materials.

b) Roofing

Due to its durability and fire resistance, slate has been used as a roofing material in the U.S. since colonial times. The production and use of slate shingles peaked in the late 1800's and early 1900's, though there are still companies in the Northeast U.S. operating quarries that mine and process slate into roof tiles. Greenstone Slate in Poultney, Vermont offers a variety of colors and shades of slate, along with technical information and installation advice. The New England Slate Company is also located in Vermont and has roof tiles and slate installation tools on its site.

In use even longer than slate, clay tiles have been around for thousands of years and are another stylish and sound roofing material choice. Deleo Clay Tile in Lake Elsinore, California offers roof tiles in a wide array of colors. Handmade clay roof tiles imported from Columbia can be found at Artezanos Inc., a family owned and operated company in Miami, Florida.

Slate and Copper of Erie, Pennsylvania offers copper gutter systems that are both beautiful and functional. For other decorative touches for your roof, check out the finials and weathervanes at Denniger's.

c) Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed woods are an attractive and environmentally friendly choice in construction materials. The reclaimed wood available today generally comes from dismantled barns and buildings, though some is also culled from "sinkers" - logs that sank in America's rivers and streams on their way to the sawmill. TraditionalBuilding.com has compiled a thorough list of antique wood suppliers throughout the country. American Antique & Specialty Woods, Inc. in Warren, New Jersey offers flooring and beams made of reclaimed woods, as well as custom millwork of doors, furniture, cabinets, and moulding. Vintage Log and Lumber is a small company of craftsmen dedicated to preserving the vanishing heritage of the early pioneers of the Appalachian Mountains. In addition to floor planks, they offer complete antique log cabins and barns for sale that they will dismantle, number, and ship to you for reassembly at your location. Pictures and descriptions of the structures are shown on their site.

d) Lighting

Vintage Fans, LLC of Keller, Texas specializes in the restoration of antique ceiling and desk fans that were manufactured in the United States from the 1890s to the 1950s. They have reconditioned fans available on their site and can also restore a vintage fan you already own. Reproduction light fixtures as well as refurbished vintage lighting can be found at Revival Lighting, which has retail outlets in Spokane and Seattle, Washington. Also located in Spokane, Luminaria has a huge selection of antique and reproduction lighting categorized by period styles. They also offer lamp shades and bulbs. On the East Coast, The Tin Bin in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania specializes in colonial-style lighting.

e) Floor-to-Ceiling

As a flooring option, brick provides a classic and durable look. Brick Floor Tile Inc. manufactures new brick tiles and veneers in a range of neutral and rustic tones, and also offers beautifully aged "Old Chicago Brick Flooring" that's been salvaged from buildings throughout Chicago. An extensive collection of vintage linoleum flooring from the turn of the century through the 1950's can be found at Secondhand Rose in New York, New York. They also offer a wide range of antique wallpaper, some dating back to the 1860's.

Hanna's Treasures has a trove of vintage wallpaper available for sale online, with photos and information on quantity of available rolls. If you are in need of having wallpaper you already own duplicated or reproduced, Burt Wall Papers of Benicia, California offers this custom service.

Tin ceilings became fashionable around the mid-nineteenth century and can provide a stunning focal point in a room. The lightweight panels are relatively easy to install and can be adapted for use on walls and as back splashes. Tinsmith Brian Greer's website TinCeiling.com offers a wide selection of sizes and styles of panels, as well as layout suggestions, installation tips, and a downloadable product catalog. Chelsea Decorative Metal Company also offers 6", 12", and 24" tin panels in a variety of designs.

f) Custom Shower Curtains

We receive many inquiries as to whether or not we have decorative shower curtains available for clawfoot tubs. We currently offer only one style of shower curtain - the heavy duty, extra long gb0984. Made of opaque vinyl, it is the ideal size for clawfoot tub shower enclosures. If you'd like to use this curtain as a liner and prefer a more decorative outside curtain, you would need three standard size (12 hook) individual fabric curtains. Alternately, there are a few companies that offer custom made shower curtains who can create one continuous fabric curtain to be used with your gb0984 liner. Contact A Well Dressed Kitchen for a quote on one of their custom shower curtains. They offer a wide variety of print, solid, and gingham fabrics and will send out free swatch samples upon request. Accent on Decor specializes in toile and country fabrics but will also custom create a curtain for you using material you provide. Finally, OutdoorFabrics.com custom makes their shower curtains using moisture and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabrics (no liner is required with these fabrics). Their website has a great tool that allows you to view a variety of fabric swatches in a sample clawfoot tub bathroom. In addition to the swatches pictured, their shower curtains can be made from any of the Sunbrella® fabrics or Indoor/Outdoor prints on their site. Typical leadtime for custom orders is four weeks.

 

 

7) Kitchen Products:

For an 1850s' or 1950s' look in your kitchen, take a look at Elmira Stove Works.

Antiqueappliances.com is an excellent source for restored antique and vintage stoves and refrigerators from the 20's to the 60's. In addition to the items listed on their site, they also offer refinishing and appraisal services for antique appliances you own.

Refinished and reconditioned retro toasters, waffle irons, and other small appliances can be found at toastercentral.com.

If you're in need of having your own vintage small appliance reconditioned, visit decodan.com.

A wide selection of unique vintage kitchenware, glasses, and linens can be found at retro-redheads.com.

Bauerware.com offers a range of unique cabinet knobs and pulls.

For vintage and reproduction hardware pieces, try House of Antique Hardware, Ball and Ball Antique Hardware Reproductions, or Ed Donaldson Hardware Restorations.

 

8) Magazines, Books, and Videos:

 

English Home - "Elegant Living in Traditional English Style" is the hallmark of this full-color bi-monthly magazine covering British architecture, decorating, furnishings, property, and antiques. Fine Homebuilding - This magazine features articles, tips and techniques, product reviews, and commentary on all aspects of homebuilding for professional and amateur homebuilders, contractors, and architects. Eight issues per year.
Traditional Home - Focuses on a classic, refined, and gracious way of living and the interpretation of tradition as a style choice and way of life. Eight issues per year.Romantic Homes - Monthly magazine for readers who want to create a warm, intimate, and casually elegant home, with a special emphasis on incorporating vintage items into the decor.
American Bungalow - This quarterly periodical focuses on preserving and restoring the modest American 20th century home, the bungalow, and the rich lifestyle that it affords.Old-house Journal - Bi-monthly periodical that focuses on restoring, maintaining, and decorating homes built before 1950. Provides practical, step-by-step articles on rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration for both professionals and knowledgeable homeowners.

 

9) Tub Refinishers:

Vintage Tub & Bath no longer refinishes claw foot tubs, however if you are in need of having an antique tub or pedestal sink restored, you can try contacting one of the places below. Some companies are able to come to your home to refinish your bathtub, while others can require you to bring the tub to them. We strongly recommend you inquire about the particular process each company uses and obtain information on the warranty provided.

Cermacoat services Los Angeles and the surrounding area. Their website shows before and after photos and has a listing of customer references.

KS Rountree is located in Livermore, CA and serves all of Northern California. 100 color options available to match virtually any decor. 10 year warranty on tub refinishing services.

Permaglaze has refinishers throughout the U.S. Search their site to find the closest technician to you, and then email them for a quote.

The Springfield Tub & Refinishing Co. in Springfield, TN refinishes tubs, sinks, and tile. Before and after pictures can be found on their site. They also list some already-finished antique tubs and pedestal sinks for sale, and show detailed pricing of their refinishing services.


10) Real Estate:

If you are in the market for real estate with character, check out HistoricProperties.com. This site, run by two women with a passion for renovation and restoration, lists unique properties for sale throughout the U.S. The offerings range from beautiful Victorian mansions in move-in condition to fixer-upper Cape Cods in need of some TLC. Many of the buildings are posted on this site by historical preservation societies in search of owners willing to undertake restoration projects. The site's search engine allows you to view properties according to location, style, and price. Antique Real Estate is a similar site, dedicated to the sale and preservation of antique homes and structures. OldHouses.com lists historic homes for sale or rent throughout the U.S. and also maintains an extensive resources section full of helpful information for anyone who loves old homes. If you are in search of a home in historic Bucks or Montgomery Counties outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, try contacting Jane Douglass of Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. Thomas Hudson of Century 21 Real Estate specializes in unique and vintage homes in the Tacoma and Puget Sound areas of Washington.

If you like the style and charm of historic homes but prefer to build, there are several companies that offer floor plans for new constructions of Victorian, Georgian, Craftsmen, and other period style homes. Houseplans.com and Homeplans.com both offer views and descriptions of a variety of plans. Another great site that offers house, garage, and floor plans is Design Connection. Browse through their 2000 house plans or use their house plans search option to get the right plan for your house or garage. High Mountain Log Homes is a family run company specializing in truly handcrafted log homes and log cabins. They pride themselves in not only excellent workmanship, but excellent customer service as well. For a compilation of companies offering home plans, building kits, and design resources, visit aBetterPlan.com. New Urbanist Design can custom design plans for your dream house. Whether it be a re-creation of your childhood home or a local historic treasure you admire, New Urbanist can faithfully reproduce the proportions and details of any dwelling you'd like as long as you provide them with the proper photos. They can prepare the interior plan based on your specifications. Finally, for a compilation of historic houseplan books from the 1850's to early 20th Century, visit The Victorian House.

11) Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for general reference only and does not imply endorsement from Vintage Tub & Bath.