Monday, May 01, 2006

Where can I sell my rare antique claw foot bathtub?

This weekend, Lynn S. wrote us that her "church recently purchased an old house (and) inside (there) are 2 clawfoot bathtubs - one 6ft and the other 4ft. The house is set to be torn down the middle of next month and we are looking for a buyer. Can you point me in the right direction?"

Yes, I can help.

Your tubs are worth a bit more than the run-of-the-mill 5' roll rim claw foot bathtubs. The 6' and 4' tubs were relative rarities and it is worth your time to photograph them with a digital camera and e-mail the pictures to the architectural salvage yards in your area. Ask the yards what they would offer you for the tubs. My guess is that you should get around $400 for the pair depending on their condition. You can find listings of salvage yards at SalvageWeb and at Old House Web. We have more information about how to sell your vintage claw foot bathtubs in our Antique bath Information Section.

Thanks for the question!