Friday, October 12, 2012

Period Plumbing and Hardware for Making Movie Magic

High-Tank Pull-Chain Toilet

It should be no surprise that we here at Shop 4 Classics are fans of period piece movies and television shows, especially early 1900's gangster productions.  Occasionally, we get an opportunity to contribute.  Set designers contact us to supply them with vintage plumbing and antique reproduction hardware to help set the scene.

Antique Basin Taps
Clawfoot tubs are an obvious choice for recreating a 1920's era bathroom.  A traditional clawfoot tub faucet, an iconic clawfoot tub drain with a rubber stopper, and a soap basket hanging over the rim of the clawfoot tub complete a bathtub scene.  A panoramic view might show a high-tank pull-chain toilet in the corner while a dapper dandy shaves over a pedestal sink with antique basin taps.

Kitchen scenes usually require a porcelain enameled cast iron drainboard kitchen sink equipped with a wall mounted kitchen faucetCast iron shelf brackets support kitchen shelves where sundries and various canned and pickled foods are stored.  Gravity baseboard heat registers and cast iron floor grates provide a realistic finishing touch to a kitchen scene from the Roaring Twenties.
Porcelain Enameled Cast Iron Drainboard Kitchen Sink
Doors and windows are equipped with hardware that looks as if it was just purchased from the Sears, Roebuck Home Builder's Catalog circa 1910.  Doors feature antique style solid brass door knobs with keyhole doorplates and antique mortise locks that make the scene appear to have been filmed in the good ol' days.  Brass sash locks and sash lifts contribute to reproducing a vintage double hung window that further authenticates the film.

It is a thrill to watch a period piece and think, "hey, we sell that".  The only thing better is to watch a period piece and think, "hey, I own that".  Authenticate your vintage bath, kitchen, or entire home with antique reproduction plumbing and hardware from Shop 4 Classics and make a little movie magic in your own home!

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