If you have a period bathroom, then an Antique Bathroom Sink is a must for your bathroom. An antique bathroom sink can add a rich touch to any period décor. Original antique bathroom sinks are now appearing frequently in lifestyle magazines and antique home stores. Their use in homes is on the rise as more and more people are going in for a period look for their homes.
Some of the antique sinks that are available on the market are:
Standard Marlton Art Deco Wall Mounted Sinks: These are mounted on walls with the help of bolts. They come in different shapes and different periods. They have the classic Standard Marlton design. May also be available with matching water valves.
J. L. Mott Iron Works Imperial Porcelain Sinks: The ultimate in high quality, upscale antique bathroom sinks. It is believed that no other American company made better and finer solid porcelain sinks than Mott. These are very rare to find and only a few pieces may be available occasionally.
Victorian Marble Sinks: These are made from marble, which gives the sinks a very regal look. Available from companies such as L. Wolff Mfg. Co. from the 1900s. These sinks are completely original and because of that can be very steeply priced. The units include the marble sink and vanity, a beautiful antique mirror, and superbly crafted, nickel plated brass cabriole legs.
Antique Sinks from Kohler: These date back to the mid 1920s and are available in different shapes and kinds like wall mounted, pedestal sinks, console bath sinks etc.
Vintage Pedestal Sinks: sinks standing on a pedestal of different kinds. Available in marble, porcelain, china, and other fine materials. Most companies of old manufactured pedestal bath sinks and these are now available as antique bath sinks.
Crane Corwith All China Sinks: Made from the finest china known to man. These sinks date back to the 1930s when Crane Corwith was a big name in the manufacture of china bath sinks.
Standard Sanitary Ming Green Bath Sinks: These were made in the 1930s and had a beautiful green oriental enamel finish. A very rare find.
Truly original antique bathroom sinks are very difficult to find, as is the case with most original antiques. At times you may get one that is in excellent shape and has not deteriorated over the years. But most times antique bathroom sinks will be available with some nicks or cracks that have developed with use. These pieces are then restored to a condition as close to their original one. Original antique pieces are more expensive than restored or faux pieces. Faux pieces are those that are not real antiques but are new pieces created in the look and style of antiques. These are much cheaper than original antiques and are for people who want an antique look without having to pay an exorbitant price.
Care of an antique bathroom sink:
Original antique sinks are very rare, not to mention expensive. It is always better to get these installed in your bath by a proper plumber who has experience with antiques and knows how to treat them.
Water, when it dries, leaves ugly calcium stains in sinks. This can easily spoil the look and finish of authentic antique sinks. Wash off the water drops with a soft cloth or piece of chamois leather.
Clean your antique bath sink with a non-abrasive liquid cleaner that does not have alcohol in it. Never use abrasive, rough or acidic cleaners to clean your antique bathroom sinks.
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