Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vintage Decorative Switchplates


When we moved into our Bungalow in June, we noticed there were a few things left on the shelves of the garage.  I casually skimmed through what was there, I found old door knobs, screws, nails and what nots.  Standing up against the walls are several doors and some windows.  I haven't had a chance to go through that stack but what's fascinating is there is an old bungalow style screen door I can't wait to get my hands on.  I didn't get a chance to go through each door as they are leaning up against each other and the screen door is near the back.  We then started to store large items in the garage so at the moment I'm unable to get to them but first chance I get, I will pull them out and post.

On the shelves in the garage, I also found these lovely vintage switchplates.  Here are two of the six I found.  I took pictures of all of them but somehow I accidentally deleted them :( 

Anyway, all of them were painted with a cream color but I went ahead and painted all of them black to fit the decor in my kitchen.

Here's a picture of the back of one of the switchplates.  They are all stamped with this name, "William Spencer, Rancocas Woods, N.J."   I decided to google it to see if I could find any information on this company and wouldn't you know it, they are still going strong!  Click on this link to learn more:  William Spencer.  They have been in business for over 60 years which leads me to believe these switchplates were probably made in the mid-50's, probably bought by the Wittigs who were originally from New York City before they moved to Manistee, MI.  Read more about the Wittigs on the right side panel of this blog under, "North Shore Bungalow's Claim to Fame".

I'm so thrilled the previous owners were considerate enough to keep them items and leave them behind instead of throwing them away or taking them.  I just LOVE the way they look!  Unfortunately, all my other switchplates in the kitchen are a different layout so I can't use the ones I found.  Guess I'll just have to look for a spot for them in another part of the house.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time,

12 comments:

  1. these are very attractive! Nice to have found them :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Deb - fellow bungalow-er :)

      Delete
  2. Lucky you! The plates are darling!!

    Can't wait to see that screen door. One of the things I miss about our cottage, was the screen door. In the warmer months, we would put the screen panel in, and in the colder months, the glass panel would go in.

    K.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Yes, I am blessed. I really hope that door is an original to the house, specifically the front entrance. If so, we will be able to feel the lake breeze flow through our house even better! :)

      Delete
  3. Oh they are really nice. What a great find.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Who knows what else I'm going to find in this house :)

      Delete
  4. What a great find and you are right it was wonderful that the previous owners left them for you.
    I love the new white cabinets.
    Traci

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Traci. I will make sure to do the same if and when I ever need to. I'm glad the white cabinet project is over and done with even though they were worth the time and effort. Have a blessed weekend! -Bev

      Delete