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The clawfoot bathtub or claw-foot tub was considered a luxury item in the late 19th century, originally made from cast iron and lined with porcelain. Modern technology has contributed to a drop in the price of clawfoot tubs, which may now be made of fiberglass, acrylic or other modern materials. Clawfoot tubs usually require more water than a standard bathtub. Cast Iron Bathtub Roughcast  While true antique clawfoot tubs are still considered collectible items, new reproduction clawfoot tubs are chosen by remodellers and new home builders and much like the Western-style bathtubs clawfoot tubs can also sometimes include showers.

Clawfoot bathtubs come in 5 major styles:

Classic Roll Rim, Roll Top, or Flat Rim tubs as seen in the picture above.

Slipper tubs - where one end is raised and sloped creating a more comfortable lounging position.

Double Slipper Tubs - where both ends are raised and sloped.

Double Ended Tubs - where both ends of the tub are rounded. Steel Enamel Bathtub Notice how one end of the classic tub is rounded and one is fairly flat.

Pedestal Tub - Pedestal tubs, unlike all the styles listed above, do not have claw feet. The tub rests on a pedestal in what most would term an art deco style. Evidence of pedestal tubs dates back to the Isle of Crete in 1000 BC.

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