If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know that I am currently obsessed with unlacquered brass. I ordered a brass bridge faucet in lacquered brass recently because unlacquered brass is impossible to find except at high end specialty fixture stores. I immediately took it to The Sink Factory here in Berkeley on San Pablo. If you’re in the Bay Area and you ever have specialty plumbing needs or want to work with vintage fixtures, Ragnar at The Sink Factory is your man! He provided us with our vintage claw foot tub in our master bath as well as all the fixtures.
The guys at TSF stripped off the lacquer for me and I have had it at home for a couple of weeks now and can already see the patina starting to form on it. I do pull it out of the box every once in a while and handle it to speed up the aging process but it has not even been installed yet and I can already see how it will darken and burnish as it gets used. Here are some photos:
Below is a photo of the fixture before it was stripped. It’s by Ponticello and seems inspired by a similar Rohl fixture (that is about 5 times the price):
I’ll keep updating as things progress. Thanks for stopping by!