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Pull-Down Faucets for the Period Kitchen

Now established as a kitchen essential, the pull-out spray faucet has evolved, with models available in period-friendly styles.
By Mary Ellen Polson

    JACLO's model ‘1015’ with swivel gooseneck, deck-mount bridge styling.

    When the first pull-down faucets appeared 20 years ago, kitchen renovators loved the idea of using the flexible internal hose as a tool, directing the water to scour the sink or to spray-clean vegetables. Switching between streaming and aerated water at the touch of a button was new, too.

    No one was wild about how they looked, however. That’s changed: Now half a dozen companies offer graceful “arc” designs that resemble the classic gooseneck. Still others integrate deck-mounted bridges or farmhouse-style hand pumps. Then there are restaurant-inspired faucets with exposed steel hoses protected by an external coil.

    At higher price points, you’ll get better components (silicone nozzles and stainless steel hoses rather than plastic) along with high-end styling.

    Pull Down Faucet Gallery

    Faucets for Kitchen & Bath:

    BARBER WILSONS(800) 727-6317, Traditional English taps
    BLANCO AMERICA (800) 451-5782, Pro-style pull-downs and traditional designs
    CALIFORNIA FAUCETS (800) 822-8855, Traditional and contemporary designs
    CHICAGO FAUCETS (847) 803-5000, Period-appropriate commercial-style faucets, including pull-downs
    COPPER SINKS DIRECT (866) 789-7465, Traditional and pull-out faucets
    DELTA FAUCET (800) 345-3358, Pull-downs, traditional styles
    ELKAY(630) 574-8484, Pull-out and pot filler styles
    FRANKE (800) 626-5771, Pull-outs and traditional mixers
    GROHE AMERICA (630) 582-7711, European and traditional, including pull-out designs
    HANSGROHE (800) 334-0455, Traditional and Euro-style faucets, pull-outs and pot fillers
    HARRINGTON BRASS WORKS (201) 818-1300, Victorian-inspired faucets and pot fillers
    JACLO (800) 852-3906, Pull-downs and pot fillers in 17 finishes
    KOHLER (800) 456-4537, All styles, materials, and finishes
    MOEN (800) 289-6636, Traditional and pull-down faucets; trademark spot-resistant finish
    SYMMONS (800) 796-6667, Gooseneck and contemporary pull-down faucets
    WATERMARK DESIGNS 800-84-BRASS, Traditional and contemporary faucets
    WHITEHAUS COLLECTION Period styles, pot fillers

    Published in: Old-House Interiors March/April 2011

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