Maple Fold-Up Bath Tub. The Mosley Folding Tub Company, Chicago. Original lion’s head finial. Zinc lined with kerosene burner to heat water.
In 1902, this Mosely folding bathtub sold for $28. When you want to bathe, you just lower it, fill it, use it, drain it, and fold it back up again.
It has a ten gallon copper tank, heated by a small kerosene burner. Clearly a luxury from another century. Included: Original tub stopper, original bath brush with “How to use” instructions on handle, and original advertisement. Tub and solid maple cabinet approximate dimensions Width: 29 inches, Depth: 25 inches, Height: 77 inches. Tub extends to 76 inches. Some quotes from the original advertisement “If you have no bathroom, buy a Mosely Folding Bath Tub”, “Don’t look around for another house, and “acts well and looks well”. An advertisement also notes that the tub is “portable, with self-heating arrangements to heat water at a moments notice. A great convenience and when closed an ornament to any room…”.
Originally posted 2011-11-21 22:25:11.