Tonight I was helping Mom try to find a replacement for her kitchen faucet. It should have been replaced long ago but she has â€œgotten used to itâ€ and has been nursing it along by taping over the leaks. She is going to have to get used to not having a faucet soon if she canâ€™t let this one go.
It has gotten really bad and it is a discontinued model. There are no markings anywhere that I can find to even indicate the brand much less a model number. Years ago Mom ordered a replacement silicone cover for the sprayer button and had since lost any paperwork.
I was looking through the website of what she thinks is the manufacturer and found a similar looking model and a schematic with measurements. I was hoping that the hand pieces might be interchangeable based on the measurement given for the diameter of the neck. I was looking for a ruler and Mom said, â€œ I have one right here.â€ She then handed me this letter opener.
I knew it had belonged to my Great Aunt Esther. I used the engraved ruler markings to quickly determine that the faucet components were not compatible and went back to looking at the letter opener. It is a simple and effective design and it has clearly lasted a long time.
I started looking to see what I could find out about the Tampa Brass Works and what I found was that the business incorporated in 1929 and dissolved in 1943. That is about all I could find other than a pair of brass turtle paperweights that are no longer available at auction on eBay. If only they had made faucets.