The bathtub has a copper insert it stands up when not in use with a wooden exterior built in the 1890s
It is been in the family for over 40 years
This is an antique folding bathtub that was produced at the end of the 19th century in Marshall, Michigan by the aptly names Folding Bathtub Co. The company produced other convenient folding furniture pieces for bath and home, and the tub was their feature item. The bathtub was made to easily fold into a standing position and is housed in an oak wood casing that would compliment Victorian decor at that time. There are a fair amount of digital copies of their sales catalogues available online to see that there are a few components that may be missing with yours or just not pictured, i.e. the heating/water unit and spigots. These come up to auction on only a few occasions and tend to exceed high auction estimates at sale. The estimate is based on actual sale records of comparables. Retail prices may be higher and vary.