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Walcot Reclamation, Bath, 01225 444404, will sell a basic Edwardian roll- edged bath in need of re-enamelling from pounds 150, restored, with all the fittings from pounds 700.

The Water Monopoly, London NW6, 0171-624 2636, has unrestored models from around pounds 400 but mostly sells restored baths from pounds 1,000.

Drummonds of Bramley, Guildford, 01483 898766, will sell unrestored baths only if they are in good condition and fit for the bathroom for around pounds 500. Restored, re-enamelled Victorian baths from pounds 1,200.

Bathshield Supplies, East Sussex, 01342 823243, has restored baths from pounds 760 for an Edwardian model

NB: If the company states that the bath has been re-enamelled get a guarantee.

Re-enamelling

Drummonds, as mentioned.

QPE, Staffordshire, 015438 79797.

Reproductions

Aston Matthews, London N1, 0171-226 7220, free standing baths from pounds 580.

C P Hart, 0171-902 1000, baths from pounds 550.

Old Fashioned Bathrooms, Stowmarket, 01728 860926, reproductions from pounds 900.

Cheat's Version

Ideal Standard, 01482 346461, sells the perfect copy of a free-standing Victorian roll-edged bath. Acrylic with iron feet, various models from pounds 934.

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