An Ode to Porcelain. Part 3. BREAKING NEWS!

In a previous post, it was discovered (thanks to Travis) that the American Standard toilet in the marble bath of the Cross House dates from 1926.

Barb also brought to my attention a contest which American Standard had in 2005 for the Oldest Toilet in America.

A 1928 model won.



The winner!


But my model is two years older! Does this mean that I own THE oldest toilet in America?

What an honor! What a thrill!

And is the toilet still eligible for a prize???????????????????



For my whole life I have not given much thought to toilets. But now I kinda look in wonder and awe at the marble bath WC!


  1. Travis on March 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    You have a nice toilet. I just installed my 1928 model today! My house is from 1931 though, so don’t tell anyone I have a “used” toilet. Ross, I’ll send some pictures once the tools are gone.

  2. Barb on March 11, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    It just makes me wonder what the 1894 original might have looked like. The 1926 model is mighty pretty. And definitely curvaceous.

    • Ross on March 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I wonder the same thing! Was it the type with the wooden tank up high on the wall? Maybe. I also know that toilets with low tanks existed in 1894. So, the original toilet might have looked a lot like the 1926 toilet. Maybe.

    • Grace Collins on April 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Hello Barb, There is a wonderful YouTube post “The History of the Toilet” and also google reproduction toilets and click on the pictures, that should satisfy your curiosity, truly they were works of art. Regards-GC

  3. meganmoss82 on March 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I posted a long comment on the first toilet post. Then the internet ate it and I was too lazy to retype… That said, I suspect my Standard has these beat as it’s much curvier, lucky for you I have no desire to tempt fate by removing the bowl. I did have two questions for you though, what did they polish your bowl with? It looks spectacular. And, what was embossed on the bowl by the spud connection?

    • Ross on March 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Golly, what is a spud connection????????????

  4. Montana Channing on February 25, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Re the centennial celebration – you supply the beer and I’ll supply the christening liquid.
    Spud connection is where it connected to the tank

  5. Chris Brandt on January 31, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    19th century toilet were very elaborate in the shapes of elephants and other things. One of my favorite architectural salvage places here locally, had a 1890s toilet for a couple of years. It was gorgeous.

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