There are days…. there are weeks…. that I am just…. happy…. that there are companies like Bathroom Machineries, also lovingly known here as deabath.com, that care enough about wonderful old stuff that they do things like: Cast their own faucet base thingies just to fit vintage Crane kitchen sinks. See it in the photo, above? It’s the chromed plate out of which the faucet and sprayer emerge from the plumbing pipes below.
Oh, and more on The Happy: And then, there are places like the Building Technology Heritage Library, and folks like MBJ, that scan old catalogs so’s I can try to find out which sinks, exactly, these chromed covers fit, and what years they were made. 1948-49, it seems.
About this sink, and their plate, deabath says:
Crane Kitchen Faucets with Plastic plate: Plastic faucet mounting plate over a large rectangular hole in the sink. We’ve cast a replacement in both brass and aluminum.
And they note:
Replacement faucets for this sink configuration simply do not exist, for the plate to work properly, one MUST have the original faucet as the plate is supported by the faucet.
Get ’em here, noting, this level of attention to detail — to sink salvation — does not come cheap.