Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Standard Sanitary Claw Foot Tub Feet - A Question

Kerwin from PA recently asked us an interesting question about vintage claw foot tub feet. He wrote:

I have a 1924 clawfoot tub with legs that have two different casting numbers inside the legs. Two have "43" and two have "43L". I have inspected them carefully and can find no differences. I have put them in all different configurations around the tub and there is always an imbalance, as in opposite corners are too high and too low. The tub rocks.

What Kerwin has are the feet from an (American) Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company (Mfg. Co.) 5’ roll rim claw foot tub. These were made by the tens of thousands during the 1920’s and 30’s and are the most common type of antique claw foot tub found today.

The feet in fact are slightly different. The feet marked 43 should be on the drain end of the tub. The 43L feet should be on the end furthest away from the drain. The L stands for “long” and puts the tub at a slight angle in order for the water to run into the drain. A cross section of the claw foot tub foot appears below:


Standard Sanitary Claw Foot Tub Cross Section” My Photo


If the tub continues to wobble, you can be truly "vintage" and use the standard leveling “kit” from the United States Mint – pennies, nickels or dimes wedged under the feet. Yes, this really is the way to level the tub because the feet are not adjustable. When we used to remove claw foot tubs from old buildings we would always find coins under the feet. This is the only solution we know of for leveling old tubs.



6 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

Nice tip about the coins! :)

11:00 AM  
Blogger hairchick said...

I have a 1936 American Sanitary clawfoot tub. The inside is in good shape the outside is rusted. I would like to sell it, but have know idea what it is worth, can you help?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Mike Deckman said...

We get asked that a lot. We have a resource on our site that talks about this a bit. Hopefully it helps. Good luck! http://www.vintagetub.com/asp/antique_bath_information.asp

-Mike Deckman
Marketing Manager

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you help me find four claw feet for a 1912, 68", Wolff Mfg. Co., #12 tub? Thomas Chambers

11:43 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Hello,

Thank you for the article.

I am also redoing a clawfoot tub. I noticed the "43" markings on the feet. However, all four of my feet have "43" and none with "43L".

Is the "L" in a different spot? Or, could the tub or floor been slanted to drain to the tub properly?

Thank you again. All the best.

David

10:51 AM  

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