aristocrome-towel-bar-shelfI recently nabbed a 1962 Hall-Mack bathroom accessories catalog. Seems that there were three principal lines of chrome soap dishes, towel bars, robe hooks and the like: Coronado – likely most popular; Metropolitan – budget line; and Aristocrome — the top-of-the-line suite. Today, I’ll show you the Aristocrome line.
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Heading forward, I think I’ll start doing more features like this, that identify exact product names/lines. After 1,200 posts, I have a lot of bases covered. Now it’s time for the blog is moving one level deeper. I have it as a life’s goal to be able to name every vintage toilet on sight. Heaven help me.
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For sure, the Aristocrome is defined by its beveled square backplate. The towel ring is called “stirrup” style.

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Readers have asked – where can we get the removable lucite tray? I don’t know….honestly, I think I’d start by just going into a big, mainstream hardware store – I think these are around.

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The complete line up.

1962-hall-mack-aristocrome-in-polished-brassFinally, the Aristocrome line also was available in polished brass.

My best proxy for all this stuff today: The expansive Franklin Brass line.

Here is the complete gallery, click on the image once…you’ll be in a new page…then once more, and it will open quite large:

 

 

  1. Oh I love these shelves! But my in-laws had one and it was a constant source of irritation because it was so hard to keep it looking shiny and clean in everyday use! So I like to enjoy them in hotels instead and have a very practical white painted shelf that doesn’t show toothpaste spillage! I like authentic retro but I don’t have staff so I’m a pragmatist! 🙂 t.x

    1. Bob Sutton says:

      I need replacement plastic inserts for the Concealed Lavatory Unit made by Hall Mack. This insert is plastic and measure approx. 5″ x 2-7/8″ overall. It does not have a back vertical shelf but is basically flat around the entire perimeter and is depressed about 5/16″ down to hold the soap with 3 raised ribs across the base.

      1. Karla says:

        Hello Bob! Just wondering if you ever found the insert you were looking for. I have a 1958 bathroom, too, and just bought a concealed lavatory unit that was missing the plastic insert. Looking everyone, but haven’t found one yet. Would appreciate any insight you have to offer!

        Thanks,
        Karla

  2. Robert Swaim says:

    Just purchased 2 replacement soap trays on Amazon for Hall-Mack recessed soap and grab. They are Liberty Hardware E600 (same as my existing) sold by Striven. Price $2.36 ea.

  3. Julie says:

    I’m trying to find a towel ring and a double robe hook yet…. if anyone knows where to find spares (I’m stalking ebay) let me know!

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