Pull-Down Faucets for the Period Kitchen

These graceful “arc” design pull-down faucets resemble the classic gooseneck found in many period kitchens.

JACLO’s model ‘1015’ pull-down faucet 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.


A Directory of Pull-Down Faucet Companies:

BARBER WILSONS
(800) 727-6317, barwil.co.uk
Traditional English taps

BLANCO AMERICA
(800) 451-5782, blancoamerica.com
Pro-style pull-downs and traditional designs

CALIFORNIA FAUCETS
(800) 822-8855, calfaucets.com
Traditional and contemporary designs

CHICAGO FAUCETS
(847) 803-5000, chicagofaucets.com
Period-appropriate commercial-style faucets, including pull-downs

COPPER SINKS DIRECT
(866) 789-7465, coppersinksdirect.com
Traditional and pull-out faucets

DELTA FAUCET
(800) 345-3358, deltafaucet.com
Pull-downs, traditional styles

ELKAY
(630) 574-8484, elkayusa.com
Pull-out and pot filler styles

FRANKE
(800) 626-5771, frankeconsumerproducts.com
Pull-outs and traditional mixers

GROHE AMERICA
(630) 582-7711, groheamerica.com
European and traditional, including pull-out designs

HANSGROHE
(800) 334-0455, hansgrohe-usa.com
Traditional and Euro-style faucets, pull-outs and pot fillers

HARRINGTON BRASS WORKS
(201) 818-1300, harringtonbrassworks.com
Victorian-inspired faucets and pot fillers

JACLO
(800) 852-3906, jaclo.com
Pull-downs and pot fillers in 17 finishes

KOHLER
(800) 456-4537, kohler.com
All styles, materials, and finishes

MOEN
(800) 289-6636, moen.com
Traditional and pull-down faucets; trademark spot-resistant finish

SYMMONS
(800) 796-6667, symmons.com
Gooseneck and contemporary pull-down faucets

WATERMARK DESIGNS
800-84-BRASS, watermark-designs.com
Traditional and contemporary faucets

WHITEHAUS COLLECTION
whitehauscollection.com Period styles, pot fillers


Tags: faucets kitchens Mary Ellen Polson OHI March/April 2011 Old-House Interiors

By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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