A gorgeous vintage toilet for your retro renovation bathroom

Vintage Crane Criterion toilet 1951

So where else can you come to swoon over beautiful toilets (without a hangover being involved)!

Truly, when I was renovating my three bathrooms, I searched and searched for a retro style toilet. Most everything out there was “Victorian on steroids.” I swear – I could name ANY and EVERY toilet made in America by make and model on sight. It was really rather impressive, I was quite proud, I wanted a gold star.  I ended up with a milquetoast Kohler Wellworth.

Oh what I would give for three Crane Criterions JUST LIKE THIS.

This one is available now in deabath.com’s stash. Not cheap – but Fabulous! Here’s what they have to say about this particular model:

1951 Crane Criterion Elongated Close-coupled Toilet

A rare find! Supplied with the original saddle seat, this toilet just screams modernism. This was Crane’s top-of-the-line for 1951, and was only found custom, high-end homes . 12” rough, 3” waste, will fit most newer applications.. There is a crack, it’s been repaired and it’s not visible. (bottom of tank) This one will not last!
OT08910 Crane Criterion toilet 1095.00

Oh, and when I come back to my next life — I want to be the person who names toilets. I will do a whole riff on that soon! 🙂

And how about pairing it with this late 50s Crane Diana sink:

1950s Crane Diana console sink
1950s Crane Diana console sink

  1. Vaughn Becker says:

    I have a vintage CRANE CRITERION TOILET (blue) with a seat showing a number 3-103. My home was built in 1957 with subject toilet still service and in excellent condition.

    I am planning bathroom remodel and (was) considering replacing this
    unit. What is the value of same ?

  2. Sharon says:

    Hi Pam,
    I just noticed the article about the Crane toilet and photo of the Diana sink. I had to smile after looking at the price. I found a Diana (with the original label and date stamped on the bottom) at a local salvage, in excellent condition, for…… $50!!! It is now installed in my retro powder room. Whoo hoo!

  3. Pat says:

    Talking about toilets – We have a very unusual one that could be original to the house (1928). The tank is solid oak, lined of course, and instead of being on the wall above the toilet, it’s in a closet which is on the other side of the bathroom wall! My step daughter about freaked out when she saw it, she has some weird thing about strange bathrooms. Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool.

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