The push button itself is made from stamped brass and works very well. Pictured on the upper right the ringer is a later model from the 1950's whose cover is missing. On the lower right is a buzzer rather than a ringer. The new transformer pictured upper left has been covered with a metal electrical box to protect it.
Mounted on oak plywood. It has been refinished with oak stain and hand rubbed polyurethane.
All of the paint has been removed from both ringers and buzzer. All of the them work well. The windings have been coated with a synthetic rubber to protect them. The units have been polished and lubricated as needed.
Back side with felt pads.
Everything has been meticulously cleaned and polished.
Included is another buzzer with box from the early 1960's. Apparently never used. Has been tested and it works as it should.
An 1918 advertisement for bells, buzzers and push buttons. Some of the items in this gallery look very similar to the ones pictured here.
Antique Door Bells, Circa 1920
Several images from two working door bells from 1920 and one from the 1950's. Wired such that when the brass button is pressed all three ringers are activated. Found covered in paint from a demolition job in Church Hill more than 20 years ago. It was the hope of UserX that because the door bell button was brass the ringers would be also. UserX was wrong.
Typically, old door bells stop working because the transformer stops functioning. Over time people will paint over the ringers instead of figuring out why they do not work. Finding the transformer in a home can prove difficult. Buying a new one from a hardware store is very easy and would cost about $20 in the year 2022. The transformer has three different settings depending on how loud you would like the ringer to be.
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Valued in the range of $75 - $125.