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Edwards Colonial Tubular Doorbell

Edwards Colonial Tubular Door Chime Model 1450

Edwards Colonial Doorbell designed by Lurelle Guild—1941

Edwards Colonial Doorbell designed by Lurelle Guild—1941

This patriotic themed door chime was designed by Lurelle Guild for Edwards and Company in 1941. Edwards featured the Colonial in advertising with Irene Dunne “in her Hollywood home.” Mr. Guilds other designs include the iconic streamlined Electrolux Model 30 vacuum cleaner.

Edwards and Company had a close relationship with Guild as described in their 1941 Door Chime catalog:

Edwards Chimes are styled by Lurelle Guild, one of America’s leading designers. Equally at home with all periods, Mr. Guild has created a series of distinctive models to meet every smart decorating trend.

The Colonial is finished in antique ivory with a bright Gold Eagle with brass tubes. The same cover was available as the Early American No. 1452 with a a pine/maple finish or the Duncan Phyfe No. 1454 with a Mahogany finish. Lurelle Guild wrote the following:

The Ocatagons (Colonial, Early American, Dunchan Phyfe) are skillful interpretations of early craftmansship in this country. Their eagles are replicas of carvings made by that famous Revolutionary craftsman, Samuel McIntyre of Salem.

Like many of the other door chimes in Edwards 1941 range, the Colonial’s cover was made of a composite wood material branded as Sylvite.

Fashioned of Sylvite. Edwards & Company has chosen this wonderfully durable composition wood for the new models. Sylvite is made in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and is the only material which accurately reproduces old wood carvings.

Sylvite did not appear after the war as plastic became the favored material for door chimes.

Another design element of this chime, and others from Edwards for many years, is the placement of the hanger for the shorter tube. Placing it higher than the longer bells’ hanger exaggerates the difference in length.

This example is dated May, 4, 1942 approximately five months after the United States’ entry into World War 2. It’s likely this is one of the last door chimes produced before Edwards turned their facilities toward war production. A period ad confirms that Edwards was “rationing” door chimes   at some retailers and apologizing for the shortage.

Manufacturer Edwards and Company, Incorporated
Location of ManufacturerNorwalk, Connecticut
Date of ManufactureMay 4, 1942
MaterialsCover: Composite Wood branded Sylvite
Bells: Brass
Dimensions/specifications48 inches tall, 10 3/4 inches wide, 3 inches deep.
DetailsElectraChime Collection.