KITCHEN DESIGNS ARE IN THE LOWER HALF OF THE PAGE. In this corner of the warehouse we will show you some illustrations that we have taken from some of our rare 19th and early 20th Century plumbing manufacturer trade catalogs. Many people write and say that they cannot find any pictures or illustrations of Victorian era bathrooms or kitchens. Those rooms were hardly ever photographed, and one of the few places illustrations of bathroom and kitchen concepts could be found was in the early trade catalogs, since most well-off city dwellers used the catalogs to actually design those rooms. We have provided some explanation for some of the fixtures shown, where we think it might be useful.
Above is a great illustration of a Mott bathroom design with many good details. Moving along the walls clockwise you see a china stool affixed to the wall, crystal ball end glass towel bar, twin globe bathroom sconces side by side with the oval mirror, above a pair of toothbrush and water tumbler holders, over a glass toiletries shelf w/ a soap dish, above the Victorian pedestal sink with mixer faucet set, comb/brush holder, soiled towel basket, sponge holder, victorian solid porcelain roman bathtub, loop over soap dish, glass towel bar, syphon jet toilet with automatic flush valve, recessed toilet paper holder, bidet underneath pier mirror with two more bathroom sconces. This is a classic ca. 1910 New York Brownstone bathroom.
Below are three images of similar bathrooms but from approximately 10 years earlier, with high Victorian artistic decorations.
Some of the most ostentatious and garish high victorian bathrooms ever conceived by the J.L. Mott Iron Works in 1899. Everything is embossed and decorated, including square shaped toilet bowls, fancy china soap and sponge holders, toilet tanks, sitz baths, etc. Incredible!
Two actual photographs of ca.1900 bathrooms. On the right is a room with J.L. Mott fixtures including a Ribcage needle shower on a round solid porcelain base (the stool is stored inside the shower), a bidet in the foreground, a left corner solid porcelain tub, and a two leg console type sink. There is a glass shelf above the sink to hold toiletries, a pair of cup holders, and an oval Brasscrafters style mirror above that. There is a dirty towel basket under the sink. A standup scale is on the left wall. The photo above shows the tub on the left, and an inset marble sink with decorated basin in the cabinetry on the right. There is a dressing stand in the corner.
ca.1900 designs that depict marble sink, solid porcelain tubs, with shower over one, sitz bath tubs, Ribcage shower in a marble stall, toilet with a flushometer valve, fancy pull chain toilets, towel baskets, towel racks and shelves, fancy lighting, etc.
Mott fixtures from 1908 include cast iron end fill and roman tubs on porcelain block legs, and a solid porcelain tub on small pedestal legs. Foot bath tub, cage toilet paper holder, and a trap door toilet paper holder that is set into the wall. Brasscrafters type mirrors over the sinks, and medicine cabinets elsewhere in the rooms. Sponge holders, and towel racks.
Period Kitchen Designs
Six great photographs of actual ca1900 kitchens. I don't know if anyone
would actually like to duplicate such a stark kitchen, but they are fun
to look at nonetheless. One can see large copper hot water storage
tanks, several varieties of gas/woodburning stoves. Kitchen and utility
sinks, with all exposed piping, etc.