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JuliainTexas
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I wasn’t thinking of a “button” type doorbell. My Dolphin has an escutcheon plate as a base. The plate has a 3/4″ hole in the center, is a total of 4″ long and 1 1/4 inch wide. It has an acanthus leaf design cast into it, with a smooth “lozenge”, 3/4″ by 3/16″ set into each end of the design. The base of the leapig dolphin is screwed into the outboard end of one of the lozenges just where, on the other one, there is a dimple on the bottom matching the machine screw location. The acanthus leaf design is what tells me this may be an escutcheon from MECHANICAL times. Old houses had very fancy hinges, plates around door handles, etc. like this.
The house I grew up in had TWIST bells inset below the glass in entry doors. The bell was on the inside. The shaft extended through the door and an escutcheon plate that matched those around the door knobs, and ended in a flat bar knob that one twisted to announce their presence. (You COULD hear it all over the house, as the door’s wood seemed to magnify the sound). The 1911 Sears Catalog house has now been torn down & I DIDN’T get a bell!
My dolphin was purchased in a brass shop in Annapolis, MD some time in the mid 1980s, and has a “made in Taiwan” sticker on the bottom.