August 31, 20101952 Crane Bathroom Fixtures
By Sablemable aka Jan
Who can say anything bad about MCM bathroom fixtures? All those brightly colored fixtures with matching or coordinating ceramic tiled walls that makes our MCM homes so special.
Crane has been around for about 160 years and has acquired American Standard and Eljer. Here are some of their classic fixtures from 1952.
First off, the color chart. Starting on the left and going down the columns are Pale Jade; Citrus Yellow; Persian Red; Shell Pink; India Ivory; Sun Tan; French Gray and Sky Blue.
Our favorite sink from the Criterion Group.
The Diana Group in Pale Jade.
Now I know this blog has the most intelligent readers and would know what that little green sink attached to the wall was for, but I, your trusty composer is not that smart. I thought it was a child’s sink. Wrong!!!!! It’s Crane’s oral hygiene lavatory from their Drexel Group! There’s not a lot of information about these dental lavatories, however, at www.vintageplumbing.com, a customer asked the what and what for of these sinks. It was believed that one should not brush one’s teeth in the same basin where one washes one’s hands, thus, the dental lavatory was born. According to Vintage Plumbing, these sinks were seen mostly in homes of the well-to-do. I adore them!
Who has original Crane or other companies’ fixtures in their homes? If you have photos, send them to me and I’ll do a follow-up post!