Henry Ford once proclaimed that, "Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it is black." A similar principle applied to early kitchen sink faucets. Vintage kitchen faucets had a job to do and did not offer many options. Like Henry Ford's Model T, vintage kitchen sink faucets were utilitarian in their design. If you wanted fancy in the early 1900's, you chose a kitchen faucet with a soap dish mounted on the spout.
One of the few options available for vintage kitchen faucets was the style of handle. Early kitchen sink faucets were offered with a choice of lever handles or cross handles; which is one more handle option than Henry Ford would have likely provided. The faucet handles were either porcelain or metal. Porcelain handles usually had "hot" or "cold" indicators. Keeping with the utilitarian nature of the kitchen faucet, the labels weren't there for embellishment. Indoor plumbing was in its infancy and the labels aided the uninitiated in identify the handle's purpose.
Shop 4 Classics offers a large selection of antique reproduction kitchen sink faucets from Sign of the Crab, American Standard, and Antique Revelry. The number of faucet options for vintage kitchens would be considered garish by Henry Ford's standards. Like the originals, these kitchen faucets are offered with a choice of lever handles or cross handles. There are even a few fancy kitchen faucets that include a soap basket integrated into the spout. Visit Shop 4 Classics for an antique reproduction kitchen faucet for your vintage kitchen project.
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