Show us your vintage home!

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by LolitaHaze, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Practically Family

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    @Big Man , if you look a few posts above there is a full description of what you are looking to restore in your dining room courtesy of Vitanola. Seems it’s called a rosette.

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  2. David Conwill

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    I love the upside-down lock set. It adds character! Does it still lock and otherwise function properly?
     
  3. Big Man

    Big Man My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    There has, to my knowledge, never been a key. It's on a bedroom door, so there really wouldn't have been a need to use a lock. However, it appears that it would lock if there were a key, and it works fine in every other way.
     
  4. David Conwill

    David Conwill Call Me a Cab

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    The old farmhouse where I grew up (and where my mother still lives) had that style of lock on every original door. I found they all worked with a generic skeleton key. They seemed more akin to a privacy lock than anything for real security, as anybody with any key could open them.
     
  5. Big Man

    Big Man My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    There's an old saying, "locks keep honest people honest."
     
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  6. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    Both of my grandparents homes were equipped with locks like that. My dad's folks rarely locked their door and those locks were still in use when grandma moved to town around 1981. My maternal grandmother did finally have my dad install a deadbolt after my grandfather passed away, but the original knob and lock remained unchanged.
    I recall racks of skeleton keys for sale at country hardware stores at least until the late 1980's.
     
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  7. Fading Fast

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    Agreed. There are a several different generic skeleton keys, but we ordered several from some site years ago (my girlfriend worked on that project, which is why my details are sketchy) when we moved into our '28 apartment, which still had all the original internal door locks, and found the one that worked.
     
  8. Big Man

    Big Man My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    We got a little over 15" of snow today. It's cold outside, but nice and warm inside by the fire tonight.

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  9. Big Man

    Big Man My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Today wasn't the first big snow here at the old home place. This is my Dad standing in the front yard in 1925.

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  10. That looks so inviting!

    It's great that your family continues to enjoy this old home. Brings a smile to my heart.
     
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  11. Bushman

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    I recently uncovered a magazine clipping that served as the concept for remodel we did for our basement:
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  12. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

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    Thought I would share this image from our home. Afraid it is on Instagram so you will have to click on the link to see it.

    Starting working in our bathroom only to find these tiles on the floor

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvw-BhXAXTW/
     
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  13. Vera Godfrey

    Vera Godfrey Practically Family

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    Wow! Gorgeous tiles! Were you able to save them?
     
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  14. Fading Fast

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    As many of you know, we live in a 1928 apartment building. This morning, when I went down to the building's gym (a small basement room with exposed pipes and about six pieces of exercise equipment and some free weights - just disabusing anyone having visions of a fancy gym setup), I noticed a wall panel had been opened up.

    Looks like original and updated telephone switches to me, but I'm sure some here (Lizzie for sure) will be able to correct and expand on that. I love the "Telephone Cable Fault Locator" as it looks like a piece of equipment from the '50s.
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  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Sure what it looks like to me. I hope there's not the picked skeleton of a Bell System technician sprawled nearby, abandoned and forgotten since Ma passed away.
     
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  16. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    Amazing that it's still in use. We never hooked up a land-line when we moved in three years ago, but most in the building do and are - I guess - getting their phone service through that board.
     
  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    It could also be a distribution point for a building intercom system -- if you've got one of those "buzz me in" security doors in the building lobby with individual intercom stations in each apartment, it would go thru a block like that.
     
  18. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    We don't have that, but there is an intercom system in the building where the front desk can call up to each apartment and each apartment can buzz down to the front desk - so probably uses a similar board. It was a very 1920s thing - I see it in many movies of that era.

    That said, one of the tags in that panel lists an apartment and its full telephone number, which is what made me think it was telephone and not intercom, but that's still just a guess.

    And the intercom system and land-lines are completely separate in our building. Each apartment has one intercom phone that does nothing other than talk to the front desk. The land-line phones are not related to the intercom phone.
     
  19. Fading Fast

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    This is our intercom phone:

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  20. LizzieMaine

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    What's really curious to me is why that test unit is just sitting there. Was somebody recently working on the panel and went out to lunch? Or did they get laid off mid-job?
     

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