American Art Metal Tubular Doorbell Circa 1934

American Art Metal Tubular Doorbell #101 Circa 1934

American Art Metal No. 101. 1934

This chime was manufactured by American Art Metal Company of San Francisco, California.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 a voltage requirement of 24 volts like other early door chimes.

The Model 101, which was the top of the line from American Art Metal and featured a unique decorative grill suspended from an engraved center tube. The grill protects the two bells.

This example was acquired by a collector approximately forty years ago from an antique shop on Valencia Street in San Francisco. The chime had hung silently for several decades until the owner generously made it available to the Doorbell Museum.


ManufacturerAmerican Art Metal
Location of ManufacturerSan Francisco, California
Date of Manufacture1934
MaterialsPainted Cast Bronze Case
Dimensions10 inches wide, 32 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches deep