The bathtubs are an integral part of today’s hygiene and dating 3,000 years ago, when ceramic made on the island of Crete. However, it was not until the nineteenth century that began to resemble bathtubs which we nowadays our homes. These tubs remained largely unchanged since its introduction in the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, with only minor changes that took place during the nineteenth century.
In the early nineteenth century, wrought-iron pipes were introduced in Europe. This resulted in the creation of wrought iron bathtubs without legs, which were originally used for watering horses and pigs scalders. In the following years, were added to the hot legs wrought iron, resulting in them to be used in bathroom and sanitary purposes. In 1848, it was introduced a plumbing code in the United States, which resulted in the mass production of cast iron bathtubs.
The legs that were added to the hot wrought iron are known as claw feet. The claw-foot bathtubs became an acceptable style bathtubs, and remain popular today. American Plumbing companies were responsible for the introduction of claw-foot tubs, which were adopted by consumers around the world. They were made of iron and coated with porcelain to give them color. The basic design and shape of bathtubs remained the same during the nineteenth century.
Until the late nineteenth century, wrought iron was the standard of all baths in Europe and America. However, towards the end of the century, companies like American Standard Koehler and started covering with porcelain cast iron bathtubs. The owners of the hot porcelain soon realized that they excelled in areas such as plant health and comfort. The smoothness of the hot porcelain makes them easy to clean, removing harmful bacteria. Today, the porcelain joins as standard acrylic.
The fixtures for the tub in the nineteenth century were different in America and Europe. Artifacts for bathtubs Americans like knobs and taps were placed in the bath. The European bathtubs artifacts were placed on the wall. Both types of devices including a drain hole and pipes. Although the tub basically remained the same in terms of form and materials, the Victorian era artifacts introduced several styles. The claw-foot tubs, combined with new Victorian artifacts, were a symbol of wealth and luxury.