Progress Mid-Century Clock-Chime

  Progress Mid-Century Recessed Clock-Chime The Progress E-14 recessed clock-chime represents a transitional period in door chimes. The mid-century-modern aesthetic relied heavily on built-in appliances and the more mundane home necessities were often hidden. In this example, an atomic style … Continue reading

Rittenhouse 330-1 Gem

Rittenhouse 330-1 Gem This mid-century resonator door chime features a unique welded iron frame surrounding the resonator chambers and an anodized aluminum grille. Described in the 1960 Rittenhouse Catalog: 330 – GEM – Strikingly different chime in wrought iron and … Continue reading

Friedland Seville

V.&E. Friedland Seville Model 301 The Friedland Seville is a minimally designed later mid-century compact door chime. The chime was described in the 1977 Friedland catalog: 301 Seville Bright orange disc ‘floats’ on a matt black plaque giving the chime … Continue reading

NuTone Futura L16

NuTone Futura L16 (Harmony) Upon introduction in 1958, this iteration of the NuTone L16 was known as the Harmony. but by 1961 the name was changed to Futura. The Futura would remain in the NuTone catalog until at least 1970. … Continue reading

V. & E. Friedland Maestro

V.&E. Friedland – General Electric Maestro Door Chime with Vibrato Resonance The Friedland-General Electric Maestro door chime plays an eight-note Westminster sequence with a “Vibrato Resonance” feature unique to this chime. The styling is a tasteful later mid-century treatment. The … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Precedent

Rittenhouse Precedent Model 575 This innovative chime is an exercise in mid-century minimalism. ┬áThis chime was made possible by the then newly-developed Rittenhouse Master Model Controller which could be located discreetly and remotely from the chime. This allowed the designer, … Continue reading

LIberty Aquatic

Liberty Brass and Syroco Wood Long-Bell Door Chime Following an acrimonious ten week factory strike in 1954 Liberty Bell Manufacturing closed shop in Minerva, Ohio in 1956, in favor of Swainsboro, Georgia. As early as 1954, Liberty Manufacturing had taken … Continue reading