Antique Faucets - What options are there?
Reproduced vs authentic
Antique faucets, mixed with the appropriate fittings, can give your house a striking elegant look, reminiscent of yesteryear. But for people designing their home who opt for antique bathroom and kitchen faucets, the debate of reproduced versus original fittings always comes to fore.
While going with original brass antique pieces made in the early 1900s will give your home an authentic look from a time such as the Victorian Era, there are a number of downsides associated with these pieces. Back in the early days of plumbing, the size of critical elements such as hole widths and the spread of the fittings, was not uniform as it is today. Therefore trying to match up these pieces to modern plumbing and measurements can be extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Reproduced versus original
While reproduced pieces are not the original, they are a great alternative for people wanting the look without the hassle that comes with antique fittings. These pieces are made from modern materials and to current industry measurements and standards. Benefits of buying reproduced faucets include: they are cheaper and easier to source than their original counterparts; easier to fit; and last longer in today’s conditions.
For those homeowners still keen (despite the warnings) to go ahead with using original antique bathroom faucets, there are a number of specialist vintage faucet dealers and restorers around the country that can assist in rebuilding and sourcing brass products. While this does give the totally authentic look, it will cost substantially more to produce this style of work.