Vintage Tub & Bath has a lot of period plumbing brochures we used for reference when we were still selling antique tubs. One of those brochures came from J. L. Mott Iron Works - one of the finest manufacturers of sanitary ware in the US. I thought it might be interesting to show you their 5' Layton clawfoot tub from their 1914 catalog.
The tub, with a painted exterior, faucet, drain, and supply lines, sold for $40.50. Today, we sell the comparable set of tub and fixtures for $1,458. Sound expensive?
As a point of comparison, the average house in 1914 in Morristown, NJ was $4,000. Today, a home in Morristown goes for $342,000.
All of a sudden, the tub looks like a bargain. Gotta love inflation! Until next time.