I have made great progress learning ways to recreate brass parts, but sourcing or recreating porcelain parts remains elusive at best.
I am just wrapping up work on a large project for a home on the other side of the country. All of the fixtures I have been sent were made by The J.L. Mott Company. Two lavatory faucets arrived without china escutcheons or china index buttons. This post is about what I eventually did to provide escutcheons for the fixtures.
I had a machinist make a new pair for each valve body.
The inner ring is the top mounting nut for the valve assembly.
The outer ring will be embedded into the china escutcheon.
Here is a view of the faucet valve body assembly.
Note the lower nut and gasket for the under side of the faucet deck.
This photo shows the intended application of the outer ring.
Some manufacturers used this type of threaded ring to make their escutcheons self attaching.
|The more common way to attach china escutcheons is with a threaded tube and escutcheon retainer nut.|
|Note that the packing nut has a female thread to receive the threaded tube.|
|This is the motif I was after.|
Because the inside of my escutcheons are glazed I used a diamond grinding bit to break the surface of the glaze.
I am hoping this will give the epoxy putty a better grip on the escutcheon.
|The benchtop lathe was a good platform for this task. It is easier to adjust the chuck speed on it and it is a good height with lots of light and visibility for the work. This sample for the photo has not been ground.|
Here it is, done and fully set.
The stem is a two part arrangement like a gate valve and like a gate valve the stem neither rises nor falls in operation.
The gap between the handle and the dummy escutcheon nut will remain constant.
I had enough of these china escutcheons in stock to really cherry pick
the lot of them. I have to say that I'm quite pleased with the result.