Victorian shower rails and fittings are usually made from brass rather than chrome and do not have a contemporary design. Their design is based on the Victorian model, which has more traditional, curved, complicated edging and shapes. Modern copies of Victorian shower heads, for example, have large, traditional shower "rose" designs complete with porcelain handles and fascias.
Antique Shower Rails
A circular, gold shower rail in an antique design, or an original, could cost in the region of £325, as of 2011, but it is likely to last and be resilient to water damage, as many traditional designs were. The choice whether to purchase a quality modern shower rail or an antique or traditional design depends on personal preference and style.
A Victorian, brass shower rail will have a diameter of approximately 31 inches and a pipe diameter of just over an inch (1.02 inches), according to Victorian Plumbing. The curtain rings, which are used to attach the curtains via their eyes (holes) to the shower rail, can be up to 1.3 inches in diameter and are supplied in sets of 12 for each shower curtain.
Classic Cross Handle Mixers
A common feature of a Victorian shower was the traditionally designed mixer tap for both bath and shower. It is recognisable by its curved, detailed taps, angular spout and telephone-style shower head which rests on the delicate arms of a small stand on top of the fitting itself. The handle of the shower is more often than not of a porcelain material, although reproductions often use plastic instead, to save on cost. Standard sizes of the fitting are 9.84 inches in height by 7.09 inches in length, according to supplier Not Just Taps. Reproductions are made in solid brass with chrome or gold plating.
One of the most eye-catching designs of shower enclosure, including brass pipework, brass rails and a large, overhead shower rose, is the Catchpole and Rye La Cage. It is inspired by a 19th century French original, the only difference being the age of the components and the chrome plate, but the intricate design is purely Victorian. The cage measures 94.5 inches high by 41.3 inches in diameter.
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