In my previous post on the butler’s pantry in the Cross House I showed this image of the original copper sink. But the faucets are missing. The faucets were a “single tap” type. It would seem easy to simply order a new pair, either reproductions or restored originals, right???????? Ah, no. It is not easy. For, such taps, as available, are almost always later than the 1894 Cross House. And I have no idea what 1894 single taps look like!
Below are a bunch of single taps. All are from Bathroom Machineries. But are any period-correct to the Cross House?
Oh, the vexation! The vexation!
1920s. Lovely, but not right for the Cross House.
Pre-WWI. But does this mean 1904 or 1894?
Circa-1915. Sigh, not right.
Pre-WWI. Again, HOW pre-war? Bathroom Machineries explains: “These nice, heavy valves date to before WW1. Braided supply lines will not hook up as the inlets are not the standardized 1/2” pipe thread. This is how we know they date before WW1. You will need 1/2” supplies with the bullnose end to make these work. Spouts are longer than normal, they extend out 4 1/8”. Handles are reproductions.”
More pre-war. But are these the right perfect period-correct pre-war? These look pretty much like the pair above but Bathroom Machineries explains: “The inlets are 1/2” pipe thread, so braided supply lines will fit.”
Who knew that simply trying to buy faucets could be so vexing?
It belatedly occurs to me me that there might, might, be a box of old plumbing parts in the basement. Might the original faucets still be in the house? My heart races with anticipation!