Rittenhouse Trent

Rittenhouse Trent


Rittenhouse Trent Westminster Door Chime 1956

Rittenhouse Trent Westminster Door Chime 1956

The Rittenhouse Trent is a Mid-Century Westminster door chime designed by Jean Otis Reinecke (1909-1987) and introduced in 1956. Reinecke is best known for cutting edge designs for a variety of products including Toastmaster toasters and the ubiquitous plastic scotch tape dispenser for 3M.

His work for Rittenhouse was described in marketing materials as:

Modern, functional, simplicity styled by Jean O. Reinecke, national known leader of contemporary design. 

The Trent was described as:

Trent: New modestly priced hall clock chime of superb quality. Contemporary design by Reinecke. Cabinet available in ebony, rich walnut or limed oak finishes. Both chime and self-starting Telechron clock operate from 24-volt transformer, included. Provides 8-note Westminster melody for front entrance, single-note for rear and different single-note for third door. Volume control and shut-off switch. “lifetime Floating Striker Mechanism. 


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