Vintage Bismarck Preview | Convertible Bath Tub, ca. 1880 | ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | PBS


APPRAISER: You and I know what this is, but
our audience doesn’t know. GUEST: That’s correct. APPRAISER: This is a case holding something inside. Looking stylistically at this, I’m seeing
these incised flower heads here and the reeded pilasters. And this is in the East Lake style. Now, that tells us it’s made about 1880–
right in there– this case. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: Probably made of chestnut during
the Victorian period. Now, the suspense is building up. Should we let them know? GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: Should we do it? I’m going to grab the handle… GUEST: You bet. APPRAISER: We’ll pull this down. If you can hold that side. GUEST: Yep, we got it. APPRAISER: There we go. Look at that. APPRAISER: In the 19th century, we had Murphy’s
beds invented by a man named Murphy. They were convertible beds to save space. So in the late 19th century, someone invented
that version in a bathtub with heated water. Now, in all my years on the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW,
I’d never, ever seen one of these. GUEST: I had the local heritage center here
check on it and they couldn’t find anything either. APPRAISER: Where did you find this bathtub? GUEST: I bought this in Valley City, North
Dakota. Uh, about two years ago. APPRAISER: What made you go for it? GUEST: I think it was the people that were
stopping and looking at it, and I watched them for about an hour and I was contemplating
about buying it and I thought: “everybody likes this thing.” “Where’d you get this?” they kept asking. And I made her an offer and I got it. APPRAISER: Good for you. The history of hygiene in the world and bathing
and using soap is kind of a slippery one. Now, you can have thousands of people in one
town and there’d be one bathtub. So this is pretty amazing that this one survived. It would have been made for probably a wealthy
family. GUEST: It possibly came out of the Barnes
estate in Valley City, because Barnes County’s named after them, and she was close to a hundred
years old or maybe over. APPRAISER: What you’ve got here is this canister
with its original paint. It says “Improved Bath Heater.” Here’s your kerosene canister. The gravity fed down the tube, right? GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: And then underneath, here is this
burner, which is adjustable. Heat up the water. Take a long time to do that and then, of course,
the hose here that would go into the tub. Now, you also brought the stopper. GUEST: Yes. That’s the original stopper. APPRAISER: That’s great you have that. Now, if I was insuring this, because of the
rarity, I’d insure this for around $3,500. Now, what did you pay for it? GUEST: $2,500. APPRAISER: $2,500? Good for you. Good job. GUEST: Thank you. APPRAISER: Now, I’d like to try it out. You mind if I take a…? GUEST: No, you can certainly… APPRAISER: Let me just see. GUEST: If you want to check it out, you certainly
can. APPRAISER: Let me just see how… Actually, it’s pretty comfortable. GUEST: That’s not bad. APPRAISER: Very nice. Thank you.

13 Replies to “Vintage Bismarck Preview | Convertible Bath Tub, ca. 1880 | ANTIQUES ROADSHOW | PBS”

  1. That tub has to be worth more than $3,500 given its Rarity I think the appraiser is incorrect on this one I'm not an expert but this is probably the only one I've ever seen I disagree with

  2. I'm sure i remember a woman who had a photobook of Abe Lincoln and his Cabinet/Chiefs Of Staff. Can't find it…plz help…?

  3. in the early 1990s i stayed in a hotel in san pedro sula honduras where they were still using one of these

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