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Sink Faucets

Here are the two basic type of faucets that were normally found on ca1900 and earlier bathroom sinks in upper middle class homes in American cities. The first is the compression type faucet, which was the type that remained in production throughout the 20th century. Of course the design of the faucet changed over the years. The second is the "fuller-ball" type faucet that became obsolete and was not made after about the 1930s-1940s. This type uses a handle stem that has an offset inside end, that has a rod connected to it, much like a crankshaft and rod in an engine. There is an acorn shaped rubber ball washer on the end of the rod that is lifted and lowered by the turned handle, and seats against an orifice inside the faucet. This opens and closes the flow of water
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There were also mixer faucets made at the time, when the separate Hot and Cold faucets were the norm. The third faucet shown is a fuller style mixer faucet. The popular terminology for faucets in the 19th century was "cock". So what you see here are compression, fuller and fuller mixer cocks.
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