Farmhouse sinks — two sources for authentic early-1900s reproductions

farmhouse sink cast iron authentic reproduction 42"

farmhouse kitchen sink for a retro kitchen
Laura made a skirt for her Sandford sink

Reader Laura gets major snaps for finding the 42″ Sandford farmhouse kitchen sink, above, which she used in her adorable retro kitchen renovation. If you are doing a bungalow kitchen, or a Victorian kitchen, or a charming Farmhouse kitchen with any degree of retro / vintage twist — this sink would be great. You gotta LOVE the drainboard on the left — so useful.  Other great details: It’s 42″ — a great size to pair with a 42″ vintage stove (repetition of sizes is good in design)…. It’s porcelain-enamel on cast iron — just like the originals… You’re going to use a wall-mount faucet, 8″ spread, like the ones here. Note, 7″ deep bowl is going to get splashy, a good excuse to wear a spiffy vintage apron. Where to buy: $827 with free shipping — Buy it exclusively at Signature Hardware, it’s made just for them, their website says.

There’s only one more sink like this available today (that I know of) — read on –>

farmhouse kitchen sink authentic reproductionThere is also a second, bigger choice for a classic, wall-hung, drainboard kitchen farmhouse sink: The Clarion sink, manufactured by Strom Plumbing. This design is a full 5′ wide, and because of its size and those legs, I would say that this goes in a Victorian kitchen or a vintage-retro kitchen that’s not trying to be “authentic” to any particular era. Bungalow? Maybe, but I think it would be pretty big for most bungalow kitchens – and I don’t *see* the legs in a bungalow, although the sink top design in general, yes. The Clarion includes two drainboards — one to the right, one to the left… a much higher backsplash… comes with two legs… and the sink is deeper, just over 9″. Like the Sandford, it also is “real deal” porcelain enamel over cast iron. It weighs almost 500 lbs, and is about $1550, with free shipping.

Where to buy the Clarion: There seems to be one major supplier, Vintage Tub & Bath, and if you go to them via this link on Amazon — Strom Plumbing Clarion Farmhouse Drainboard Sink P0814 White — I get a spiff. Hey, every little bit for the blog helps.

vintage kohler farmhouse sinkDo you want to see some vintage kitchen sink inspiration? See this story with 16 photos of vintage Kohler kitchen sinks — awesome images provided direct to me from the great folks at Kohler.

  1. pam kueber says:

    jhart, be aware there can be lead nastiness in old paint – consult with a pro – take proper enviro and safety precautions!

  2. ken buzzell says:

    The difference? First understand that the term Farmhouse or Farm Sink is merely a slang term. These high back splash, apron or no apron model sinks were sold in high rise city buildings as often as a rural farmhouse. Why? because it was just the design of sinks from the early 1900 to 1950 eras.

    So really there are more recent slang terms to describe these sinks. Don’t get me wrong, I use the term as well, but only because the average person understands the terms. A high back splash sink may have an apron (5 1/2″ to 8″ wide/tall belted area around the waste line of the sink. Some ceramic apron sinks don’t have a back splash. So you need to know what you actually want, demand a picture to fully grasp the design.

    I contacted one of the manufacturers of the reproduction “Farmhouse” sinks and was told it was baked enamel paint, not Furnace fired Porcelain. So do some good research and ask direct exacting questions.

  3. ken buzzell says:

    If the legs are nice porcelain legs, buy them. I’d want twice that. Legs were thrown away more often than sinks as they were easy to dispose of. I buy junk sinks for $200 just to get the legs whenever I can.
    Word to the wise. They don’t make 80 year old sink legs today!

  4. jhart05 says:

    I did get them. However there was one problem.

    My sink is on the right.

    The leg was too long to fit under there.

    So I only have one of the legs in use.

    Not sure what to do with the other. Find someone to cut it down? I don’t know.

  5. Callie says:

    I plan to get a fiberglass reproduction sink when we redo the kitchen. We have broken more dishes in one year with our mid century porcelain iron sink than we did in 12 years with a stainless steal sink. I love that some one thought to make them in fiberglass.

  6. jemimaquinetta says:

    Also from Arlington VA, had simillar sink, but bowl was very large and drain side was on left. splash wall was along right side of drain, and behind sink. Had to preplace faucet in 80s and had a horrid time finding one, now they are more available. House was built in 1930

  7. Heidi says:

    I have an early 1900 high back sink we are having refinished for our kitchen. I’m wondering where I can find the wall mounting brackets for it. Anyone know of a supplier?

  8. Edward Howe says:

    I have a circa 1900 farmhouse wall mounted sideboard sink with adjustable legs
    Were would I go to sell this?

  9. Brenda says:

    I am restoring an old two bowl farmhouse sink. The left bowl is deep and circular while the one on the right is square and more shallow. It almost seems like it might have been made to have some sort of insert? Anyone have any info on this style?

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