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“White-Box” Door Chime

Sears Commodity Door Chime Model 34-1449

Sears " White Box" Compact Door Chime 1975

Sears ” White Box” Compact Door Chime 1975

In the 1970s, efforts to drive down costs and simplify the home, doorbells were fading into the walls. Doorbells were becoming commodities.

Finished in a white, Mediteranean Revival style case with a gold foil band, this chime still had a bit of style. Later “commodity” or “white-box” door chimes, would dispense with just about all ornamentation entirely.

ManufacturerSears. Rittenhouse was likely OEM Manufacturer
Location of ManufacturerHoneyoye Falls, New York
Date of ManufactureApproximately 1975
MaterialsMolded and gold foil plastic case. Plastic base. Iron tone bars.
Dimensions7 1/8 inches wide, 4 inches tall, 2 inches deep