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The Little-Known History of the Bathtub
In today’s modern world of comfort, there are many household items that we simply take for granted. One such item is the bathtub. Here at Kingston Brass, we are proud to provide high-quality bathtubs in an array of styles. We carry products to meet any budget, design, or practical need.
The luxury of shopping for a new bathtub is rooted in history. Dating far back to early civilization, humanity has needed a place to bathe. As you think about investing in a new bathtub, take some time to learn more about the history of the bathtub.
Earliest Bathtub Origins
Bathtubs date back to BC times. In fact, the first documented plumbing systems made for bathing go back to 3300 BC. One of the first personal bathtubs was discovered on the Isle of Crete. This tub was constructed from hardened pottery. Over the centuries, bathtubs would continue to become more sophisticated in design and style.
Centuries of Change
By the mid-18th century, the well-loved and classic clawfoot tub was born. This design spread far and wide by the 19th century and was particularly fashionable for the aristocracy. These early clawfoot tubs were cumbersome, usually designed with cast iron.
By the late 1800s, progress was made in the materials used to design bathtubs, and the process for bonding porcelain enamel to cast iron was invented. Porcelain enamel cast-iron tubs quickly followed.
As the 20th century rolled around, the beloved clawfoot tub went out of style. The most common bathtubs became built-in tubs with small apron fronts. These tubs offered easier maintenance and varied design options.
Lighter Weight and Affordable Options
By the 1960s, bathtubs took on a lighter weight and less expensive style. Fiberglass entered the scene and made it easier to install tubs and afford replacements. By 1979, acrylic arrived on the scene, and everything from personal bathtubs to whirlpools utilized this material.
These days, bathtubs come in a much wider selection of styles and colors, created with a variety of materials. Clawfoot bathtubs have regained popularity in many homes, as have modern takes on old designs. As you browse our selection of bathtubs and think about how far this invention has come, be sure to explore every wonderful option available today.