Rittenhouse Trent

Rittenhouse Trent The Rittenhouse Trent is a Mid-Century Westminster door chime designed by Jean Otis Reinecke (1909-1987) and introduced in 1956. Reinecke is best known for cutting edge designs for a variety of products including Toastmaster toasters and the ubiquitous … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Beverly-1972

Rittenhouse “Traditional” Beverly Door Chime Model C8536 circa 1972 This is perhaps the most successful of the Rittenhouse Beverly models. The chime shares a cover with the 1972 Fairfax The cover shows distinct Mediterranean Revival style, and in fact was … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Chime-Time

Rittenhouse Mid-Century Clock Doorbell This space age offering from Rittenhouse packs is a door chime and clock with a most appropriate name. A space-age design with the lines of a flying saucer or satelite. Described in a 1960 hardware catalog … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Windsor

Rittenhouse Windsor Doorbell Chime The Rittenhouse Windsor dates to the early 1940s and features a vertical brass wheat-shaped medallion common to other Rittenhouse chimes of the period. The design is attributed to Norman Bel Geddes. Unique to this chime is a relatively … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Fairfax-1972

Rittenhouse Fairfax Door Chime Model C8383 circa 1972 This second generation Fairfax cover shows distinct Mediterranean style popular in the early 1970s. Like the previous generation Fairfax it features styrene cover, now with a convincing simulated walnut wood grain, and … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Fairfax – 1966

Rittenhouse Fairfax Door Chime Model C8381-2 The Rittenhouse Fairfax C8381-2 is a two-note long bell tubular door chime with a stereo-like look complete with speaker cloth. Described in the 1966 Rittenhouse catalog as: FAIRFAX (formerly 381/382) Attractive new design in … Continue reading

Rittenhouse Rhythm Master

Rittenhouse Rhythm Master Sequencer The Rittenhouse Rhythm Master Sequencer is an electrical timing mechanism invented by Lloyd Rittenhouse in 1940. When the doorbell button is engaged, a single solenoid is activated which lowers an eccentric contact attached to the solenoid … Continue reading