American Art Metal Tubular Doorbell Circa 1934
This tubular door chime has a copyright date of 1934 making this the earliest tubular door chime in the Doorbell Museum collection. Several manufacturers claim the “invention” of tubular door chimes, however the markings on this unit are the earliest verifiable evidence I have seen. This chime is of heavy duty construction and has an unusual voltage requirement of 24 volts.
This was manufactured by American Art Metal Company of San Francisco, California.
This chime was restored for a stately home in the Richmond District of San Francisco where it was part of the original furnishings. Time had taken it’s toll and the tubular bells were beyond repair necessitating the fabrication of new ones.
|Manufacturer||American Art Metal|
|Location of Manufacturer||San Francisco, California|
|Date of Manufacture||1934|
|Materials||Painted Cast Bronze Case|
|Dimensions||10 inches wide, 32 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches deep|