After my interesting run-in with a vintage bathroom purist, I renewed my search for an affordable vintage or vintage-style faucet. The existing faucet was a sleek waterfall-style one: something that would have been appropriate in a mid-century modern home, but not a turn-of-the-century Craftsman home.
According to my bathroom reference guide (aptly entitled Bungalow Bathrooms), the fixtures in the bath would have most likely been silver, but occasionally would have been brass. Since we have so far replaced or faked brass in other areas of this bathroom, like the light fixture and shower curtain rod, I thought brass would look best for the faucet as well. The handles, spout, and shower fixture on the bath are silver and won’t match; however, those are all hidden by the shower curtain anyway.
I looked for a while to find the cross handle design, but new faucets were astronomically priced, and vintage ones came with the added concern of condition. Eventually I decided to wait to find a good deal on a new or new-ish faucet.
After a long while, I finally found a great deal on eBay! I landed this faucet, brand new, for $47.68 including shipping. It was unidentified, but the seller listed it as new and it was the widespread dimension, so I couldn’t resist.
It looks fantastic with all the other brass items.
Now we need to get rid of the other way-too-modern waterfall spout on the tub and find a brass drain plug!