Thursday, October 31, 2013

Innovative Antique Window Hardware: Combo Sash Lock & Lift

When you look at antique hardware, you occasionally find something ingenious. Something so clever yet so simple in its mechanics that you ask yourself, "why didn't I think of that?"  Sometimes the pioneering piece of hardware might be somewhat obscure and you wonder, "why wasn't that more common?"  The combo sash lock & lift is a perfect example of inventive antique window hardware that probably should have been more popular.  Today, we look at the combo sash lock & lift and look at why it's not too late for this ingenious piece of antique window hardware.

Sash Lock


Sash Lift

Regardless of their age, the most common types of windows found in US homes are double-hung windows and single-hung windows.  Both of these types of windows have two sashes and in both types, the lower sash raises to open the window.  Sash lifts are installed on the bottom rail of the lower sash to aid in lifting it.  Conversely, a sash lock is used to prevent the lower sash from being lifted.  The latching half of the sash lock is usually installed on the top rail of the lower sash while a strike is installed on the bottom rail of the upper sash.  Activating the latch secures the lower sash to the upper sash, preventing the window from being opened.

Combo Sash Lock & Lift

As its' name implies, the combo sash lock & lift combines both a sash lock and a sash lift into a single piece of window hardware.  The sash lift is creatively integrated into the sash lock.  The combo sash lock & lift installs on the bottom rail of the lower sash just as a traditional sash lift would be installed.  The strike plate for the combo sash lock & lift installs on the window sill.  When it is closed, the combo sash lock & lift latches the sash to the window sill.  Pulling up on the spring loaded sash lift releases the lock so the sash can be lifted in one movement.  In a similar fashion, lowering the sash and releasing the sash lift activates the sash lock fastening the sash to the sill in just one motion.  Rather than operating the sash lock and sash lifts in two separate motions, the combo sash lock & lift provides a more efficient one step process.

Despite its superior efficiency and clever design, the combo sash lock & lift has not dominated window hardware.  The combo sash lock & lift has been around since the late 19th century but you don't see antique originals very frequently.  Fortunately, Shop 4 Classics now offers authentic antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts from Antique Revelry.  The Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift can be used on old or new, single hung or double hung, wood windows.  These antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts are offered in today's favorite finishes to accommodate any decorating theme.  Visit Shop 4 Classics for the Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift and other innovative antique reproduction window hardware.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunrise Specialty Tubs, Bath Fixtures, and Period Plumbing: Sequester Relief

If all this talk about US Federal government sequesters, debt default, and furloughs has you hunkering down to avoid your own personal debt crisis, we have some good news.  Sunrise Specialty is holding prices steady.  The supplier of fine period antique reproduction plumbing and bath fixtures just published their new catalog and price sheet.  There are no prices increases.  Furthermore, a few new items were added to the Sunrise Specialty catalog.  Rather than spend any additional time talking about what didn't happen, we will focus on what is new from Sunrise Specialty.

Sunrise Specialty Brushed Aluminum Skirted Bathtub
with Floor Mounted Clawfoot Tub Shower & Tubfill


Sunrise Specialty added to their collection of Piedmont series skirted bathtubs.  They have long offered the cast iron skirted Piedmont bathtub but they now also offer a copper leaf skirted Piedmont bathtub, brushed aluminum skirted Piedmont bathtub, and a stainless steel skirted Piedmont bathtub.  The Piedmont series skirted bathtubs are 67" long.  Like Sunrise Specialty's cast iron clawfoot tubs, the skirted bathtubs have a durable titanium based porcelain enamel interior.  The Sunrise Specialty skirted tubs are available at discounted prices from Shop 4 Classics.  All clawfoot tub prices include shipping, crate, and residential liftgate service.  Use the TUB10 coupon code to save an additional 10% on your total order of Sunrise Specialty period style plumbing and bath fixtures when your order includes a Sunrise Specialty cast iron tub, clawfoot tub faucet or shower, supply lines, and a clawfoot tub drain.

Sunrise Specialty has also introduced a new freestanding clawfoot tub shower and tubfill system.  The new floor mounted clawfoot tub shower includes an overhead 8" rainfall showerhead and oval shower curtain ring.  It features a code friendly thermostatic clawfoot tub faucet and is available with an optional handheld shower.  Shop 4 Classics has discounted the price of this freestanding clawfoot tub shower and tubfill system and includes free shipping.  The FAUCET5 coupon code provides an additional 5% discount on your total order of Sunrise Specialty antique reproduction plumbing when your order includes a Sunrise Specialty floor mounted clawfoot tub shower and clawfoot tub drain.

Sunrise Specialty Pedestal Sink


The Vintage pedestal sink is also new from Sunrise Specialty.  The Vintage pedestal sink has a spacious bowl, ample counterspace, a low profile backsplash, a concealed drain chase, and plenty of good old fashion charm.  Combine the Vintage pedestal sink with a Sunrise Specialty widespread lavatory faucet to make an unmistakable period statement.  Shop 4 Classics includes free shipping for the Sunrise Specialty Vintage pedestal sink and any other Sunrise Specialty item included on the same order.

While the US government may find it difficult to reach an agreement, it's hard to argue with the quality and selection of Sunrise Specialty.  They have put a ceiling on price increases and Shop 4 Classics lowers your cost with discount prices, free shipping, and online coupons.  Visit Shop 4 Classics for the complete catalog of Sunrise Specialty period antique reproduction plumbing and bath fixtures.