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Other Antique Plumbing Collectors
This fraternity of people who are interested in Victorian era bathroom relics is not huge, like some of the other house part collector niches such as for lighting, glass, or furniture. But there are still many aficionados out there. One of them is David F. from the Lancaster PA area. Here is a photo of him surrounded by some of his treasures.

Shown are a beautiful L. Wolff Mfg Co Neptuna roman tub, John Douglas and Jas. Robertson Mfg Co embossed toilet bowls, a Thomas Maddock Sons & Co pedestal sink, and a urinal with fluted front.
If any other collectors find this Blog, please drop a note, and an image or two of your treasures.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

pedestal sink

my grandfather has a thomas maddock pedestal sink in mint condition. Its made with viticious china and has a patent that says april 4 1905 on it, are you or anyone else interested in it? if so please email dazzlindea@comcast.net or dmpastirko777@aol.com
From: don_vp Date: October 11th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: pedestal sink

Please send along some digital images to:
I will reply immediately if you have something that interests me,
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

vintage plumbing

hey david my name is wally from portland oregon. i work at a place that is called hippo hardware we specialize in vintage and period house parts. i am in charge of the plumbing dept. i just found a 1900 john douglas embossed toilet bowl in mint condition. i have a sickness for the old plumbing and i also have a tub habit, i am starting a group called t.a.{tubs anoymous} you see i have a real habit. it sounds like you would fit right in. i also found a crane 1900 rib cage shower its supposed to arrive here in two days i cant waite to get my hands on it. this love affair with plumbing goes back many many years and its good to know that i am not alone. well i must get back to the grind stone. take good care wally
From: don_vp Date: October 11th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: vintage plumbing

Hello Wally,
thanks for taking a moment to write. Of course we know about Hippo Hardware. A great old Portland salvage building materials store.
Please shoot some shots of you and your fancy John Douglas toilet bowl, and or the rib cage when you get it in. We and the rest of the blogger world would love to have a look see. Also, see my FAQs on my website about the John Douglas Mfg Co.
Thanks for writing,
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

case t/n lowboy toilet

Hi Don Have enjoyed looking at your site in the past. Last year I rescued a Case lowboy toilet, kidney lid, front flush valve, date 1928, I think. It was on its way to the dump. It took a LOT of cleaning and head-scratching and a bit of fabricating to get it all working again, but now it does, quite nicely. what do you know about these toilets, do they have any value?
From: don_vp Date: November 4th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: case t/n lowboy toilet

I do not know much at all except that the Case one piece was a very high quality toilet unit sold in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Being an aficionado of victorian bathroom fixtures, the Case was a little later than my period of interest. Click on this webpage, http://casetoilets.bestmfgco.com/
to read descriptions of the various styles of the Case one piece, including the earliest ones with kidney shaped lids. I know these units have value, I just cannot say what it is.
thanks for enjoying our website.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

seat for Thomas Maddock Son's toilet?

nice pieces. I'm just about finished rebuilding our 1910 thomas maddocks son's toilet (orginal? in our 1921 house in Minneapolis, MN) seems the rim is sized somewhere between the 2 standard off the shelf seat sizes: round and elongated. Your seats look like there in great shape - any advice on how to approach the seat?
From: don_vp Date: March 13th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: seat for Thomas Maddock Son's toilet?

Yes, you need to find a suitable antique seat. If the only problem is an unusual shape or size, you should be able to find the right seat sometime, after looking for a while. Many people still have old toilet sets that use a really odd seat that has a large post width or a saddle shape. The Standard Purimo toilet for instance has a very wide post with. These seats are near impossible to find.
But otherwise seats can usually be found that will fit a normal bowl that only has a little different shape or size seat. I suggest a pattern be drawn to use as a reference and then send to all the salvage dealers on the web, to see if any have the right size seat on hand.
Good luck,
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank You for site

Thank you for your site. I have found here much useful information.
Good site ! ;)
From: don_vp Date: August 26th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank You for site

Always happy to hear that people are finding the site, and finding the contents helpful. Vintage Plumbing is here to help preserve wonderful antique bathroom fixtures to the extent possible. We like them to be at home in great old victorian houses, functioning properly. If our site helps you make that happen in your house, wonderful! If there is anything we can answer specifically for you, please drop an email or post a blog note.
thank you,
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

pedestal sink

I am looking for an oval or round pedestal sink. Can you recommend some dealers. I would love an oval base and a long apron on the sink. What are the cons of the powdercoated sinks?
From: don_vp Date: May 1st, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: pedestal sink

Hi, check my website under the tab
Pedestal Sinks.
I have beautiful ovals there, and others not shown,
then send me an email to
thank you
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

crane toilet

It looks like there is a Crane Saneto toilet there...with a top mount pipe to the wall tank. Yes? Can we talk?
From: don_vp Date: May 9th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: crane toilet

email me at
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Sirs: Could you help me find four claw feet for a 1912 , 68" Wolff Mfg. Co. #12 bathtub? Thank you. Thomas Chambers
From: don_vp Date: April 7th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)


Yes, I have a set of Wolff legs.
Please write me at
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Jas Robertson Toilet

I am excited to have found you. My Friend has inherited a James Robertson Antique Toilet that does have an embossed toilet bowl. There is a wooden seat on it that has the word "Acme" on the underside. There are pipes that would appear to go up to the water tank.

I do not have pictures of it right now but if you could possibly tell me if you have any info on this (with the little information I have given You) I would appreciate it.

Thank you very much for your help

From: don_vp Date: July 23rd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Jas Robertson Toilet

Sure, I appreciate you're writing,
email me at
and I will be able to tell you more.
The Acme was a common model by the Robertson Co, a pretty well known ca1900 Canadian company that also sold sanitary goods here in the lower 48 states. I have a Robertson catalog, that shows that toilet in all its configurations. I would like to see some shots of the toilet, and perhaps buy it if it is for sale.
thanks for writing
From: londonplumber Date: July 27th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
that urinal with the fluted front is awesome! i want one for my restuarant in southend

Plumbing Southend
From: don_vp Date: July 28th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)


yep, awesome.
I sure don't know where to find one like it though.
thanks for visiting, all the way from Southend,,,
From: don_vp Date: January 13th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Calling David F.

please contact Dwayne in Reading PA. He is in search of a Vogel toilet bowl, and thought you may have a lead, perhaps Paul Y. might have one stashed away.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been looking on the internet all morning for a urinal that matches the one I purchased 30 years ago from an antique dealer, and the one in the foreground of this photo is very close. The plumbing comes in from the back and not from the top as all new one are. Looking for the plumbing hardware to connect this into a functional urinal. Any suggestions where I might look? lickntail@aol.com
From: don_vp Date: June 13th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Pull Chain tank type Pedestal Urinal

If the flushing mechanism is inside the wall, and you want to use a freestanding urinal like this one, you will need to attach adaptors, and a 90 degree elbow with a connector to hook up to the top inlet of this urinal. You will have to engineer it. This urinal was originally plumbing like most toilets of the day, with water dropping down a flush tube from a tank mounted up high on the wall, operated by a pull chain.
Good luck,
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)


Good Morning

We have a old house in Quebec Canada, looking for some replacement parts for are Thomas Robertson.

Part we are looking for is the elbow that connects the water reserve to the bowl.

Do you know of anyone ???

From: don_vp Date: September 15th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: parts

yes, I have tank to bowl flush elbows.
Please go to my website at

and write me at
From: ext_313283 Date: November 7th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

two piece toilet, looking for information

the toilets above appear similar to a two piece toilet I have with what appears to be original wooden seat. bowl and tank are both porcelain, tank has a push button flush in the center of the tank - maybe brass with button that says "push" on it. bowl is embossed with blue stamp "XPDNC". Any information on this?
From: don_vp Date: November 21st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: two piece toilet, looking for information

No, I do not recognize those letters. But the low tank with a fairly normal feature of ca1900 low china or oak tanks.
If you want, please write me at my email address
vintageplumbing@sbcglobal.net and attach some clear images.
Maybe I will recognize it when I see it
thanks for writing
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

1909 Thomas Maddock & Sons toilet

I have a pre-1900 Thomas Maddock and Sons toilet that I'm attempting to rebuild. The previous owner repaired the valve and flapper assembly with the wrong parts. I'm trying to locate the original flapper assembly, overflow tube and flush valve. Any suggestions?
From: don_vp Date: July 11th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 1909 Thomas Maddock & Sons toilet

Hi, if you send some clear images to me at my email address, vintageplumbing@att.net I will try to help by providing the correct old parts. Thanks for writing
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