Well, with a little searching, I found another clawfoot tub- purportedly from Waterworks - on CraigsList. I'm still stinging from the bait and deny that the guy pulled on me earlier today, but this one might be a better choice - it is certainly more luxurious looking. This one is out on Long Island -- way way way out on Long Island - Hamptonsey far! This design is called a "slipper" tub. V says it reminds her of The Death of Marat. (Sorry the pix are lousy - this is what the seller could send me from her cellphone - nice lady though and she promises not to change her mind about selling it to me).
I called the Waterworks showroom in mid-town and a very nice woman there said to forward her the photos. She confirmed that it is NOT a waterworks tub but she thinks it is probably a bargain nevertheless - on the basis of the tub-filler, she said to definitely buy it if it is a good price. She confirmed the quality of the tub-filler and that it is Waterworks product. So - I guess I need to find someone to help me load it into the car on Friday night or Saturday morning. Urgh!!
Well, one certainly hopes it doesn't go this way - but this is about how I felt after the guy snatched back his tub earlier today!