Thursday, April 4, 2013

Telephone Style Clawfoot Tub Faucets Answer the Call for a Vintage Style Bath

Most people today have grown up taking baths and showers in bathtubs that have changed very little over the past 100 years. In fact, the modern built-in tub complete with in-wall shower system became the norm for baths soon after indoor plumbing became a standard requirement of new home construction in the early 1900’s. Therefore, those wanting to create a vintage style bath often have to spend a little time becoming familiar with freestanding bathroom fixtures and their unique plumbing. There is much written about freestanding clawfoot bath tubs but comparably much less written about the clawfoot tub shower options.

Telephone Style Clawfoot Tub Faucet
The stand-up shower for original clawfoot bath tubs was an expensive and complicated-looking attachment that included a shower riser and shower ring all made of brass that were often then plated with nickel. Stand-up clawfoot showers were somewhat of a luxury option for early clawfoot tubs with mere bathing and use of simple handheld shower attachments being much more common.

Spigot style clawfoot tub faucets had ribbed down spouts that could be fitted with a simple rubber hose that could be used to shower. These hoses were typically only two to three feet long so the bather remained seated while showering. A strange enhancement to the simple rubber hose shower attachment was a longer hose that ended in a sprinkler yoke that fitted around the hand of the bather while they stood up in the tub.

The British telephone style clawfoot tub faucet offered the third type of shower option for early clawfoot bath tubs. The telephone clawfoot tub faucet has a flexible shower hose attachment connected to a handheld showerhead. Unlike the simple hose on spigot style clawfoot faucets, these hand showers do not attach to the faucets spout but to a separate shower diverter that is usually located on top of the faucet body.

Shop 4 Classics is currently offering the FAUCET5 discount coupon that can be used when your order includes a clawfoot tub shower, supply lines, and drain from the same manufacturer. The FAUCET5 coupon applies in addition to our already discounted prices and, as always, shipping is free for any order of $100 from a single manufacturer.

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