In the book, The Da Vinci Code, one clue led to another clue which led to another clue, and on and on. A rabbit hole of clues. So, too, with this damn slab of white quartz! It is encoded with clues! But, so far, there has been no wondrous resolution! In the image, you can see the outline of the 1929 toilet (center), and 1929 sink (upper left). These were in situ when I purchase the house. But what was there in 1894????????
A likely vanity candidate. It has a marble top, and a marble “apron” under.
Another candidate. A apron-less version.
The blue tape indicates the location of an apron vanity. See the pairs of holes under the aprons? These would have been, I assume, mounting brackets. The width is 33-inches, which was a standard vanity width for the period. The height is 30-inches, also standard (36-inches is now standard). To the far right is another pair of holes. I feel confident that these were for a clamp holding the pipe to a high-tank toilet.
If you click this image it will hugely enlarge. See all the holes? In the upper left are two marked 1. These held the 1929 sink. Over to the right are two marked 2. These held the tank for the 1929 toilet. Now see the five holes marked 3? WHAT are these for?
I have two ideas:
- The pair of 3 holes right/left held a soap dish and water glass. The center 3 held a ring, which held a beaded chain for a sink stopper. Or maybe not.
- As I sat on the floor and stared and stared and stared at this bedeviling slab of white quartz an idea popped into my head. I have been assuming that the 1929 sink replaced the 1894 vanity. But what if there is a missing link? What if the 1894 sink was already long gone by 1929? This actually makes sense, as the house in the teens had been converted into a sanitarium, and in the 1920s it was a tea room. Perhaps the low 1894 marble vanity was replaced with a higher sink, and one more suitable for commercial usage? If so, could the five holes be for a mounting bracket?
Oh! I did figure out, I think, why the supply line and drains are not centered under where the 1894 vanity likely was. The supply lines and drain never went into the floor, but went into the wall, and then to the basement. That wall is an interior wall. Just over to the right though, the wall changes to an exterior wall. An having supply lines inside an exterior wall is a big no-no.
Next to a drain hole are, incredibly, FOUR aborted attempts at making drain hole! Was the plumber drunk? I have enhanced this image so the details are better shown. In person you cannot see them from a standing height.