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My wife found this gorgeous vintage china Trenton Potteries sink she'd like to install in a bathroom. It's big (32"X 22") and we're trying to figure out how to support it. It has no holes in the back for wall-hanging. We haven't been able to find this exact one in any old catalogs, but it looks like these sinks were often sold with the option of using legs and/or brackets as well as a pedestal. I've looked at vintage sink brackets that looks like the ones that were used at the time (see example in photo) but can't figure out how they would attach to the sink. I've also read that, back then, these sinks were sold with some sort of metal rod that ran down the pedestal to the floor, but haven't been able to find anything like that now, even on eBay. I've also read that sometimes they just rested on the plumbing (this one looks like it might have had two drains) but our pipes run to the wall. (She'd also like to restore the original drain mechanism, but that's a hope for another post.) We'd like to avoid using legs if at all possible. Anyone with vintage pedestal sink experience have any ideas?top of sink bottom of sinkeBay bracketsdrain

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It appears that your sink is not set up for a cleat/wall bracket but judging on the ring of porcelain on the bottom it is for a pedestal.

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I know the boss would prefer not to use legs but if you show her this web page. (Not affiliated). she may find something to her standards.

I did install a similar sink on wall brackets, the ones you show do NOT seem to have a good solid way to attach to structure in the wall.

You could check with vintage plumbing supplier or habitat restore if, you have one, for a pedestal.

  • Thanks for this, and for the link. Nice stuff. We have a pedestal, but I'm afraid that without more reinforcement it would be too easy to tip the sink forward. Sounds like yours was installed with wall brackets, right? Looks like Palmer makes brackets, so that might be a way to go. – Radiogavin Mar 12 '18 at 0:56
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I looked through the 1920 Montgomery Ward catalog but it seems the wall brackets weren’t included.

Montgomery Ward Plumbing Catalog c. 1920

We haven't been able to find this exact one in any old catalogs, but it looks like these sinks were often sold with the option of using legs and/or brackets as well as a pedestal

The legs and pedestals, yes.

typical pedestal sink

  • Thanks much. These old catalogs are amazing. A 1910 Trenton Potteries catalog I hunted down at the NY public library was my source for how this might be mounted. Still haven't found our exact sink, though. Looks like brackets might have been out of date by 1920s. – Radiogavin Mar 12 '18 at 0:59
  • Daily Life in the Industrial United States 1870-1900, pg. 107 books.google.com/… might be interesting to look up that Good Housekeeping issue – herb guy Mar 12 '18 at 2:57

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