London West, UK - Lulled into a false sense of ceramic security by the fact my mum had a Belfast sink in her back garden (don't most mums?!), I was expecting a kitchen sink to be one of the easiest things to source. I would have taken my mum's, but she is saving it for her own renovation and I decided to go for something much smaller. Sure, I could have bought new, but the sink sets the character so I was adamant it had to be old and kept searching. I finally found a bargain Armitage Shanks (Butler) sink by calling local yards on the SalvoWEB Directory. If like me, you are interested in a salvaged sink and don't know your Belfast from your Butler, here is a quick lesson I could have done with earlier.
Traditionally used by Butlers, the name 'Belfast' distinguishes Butler sinks originally made and used in Belfast as they have a built-in overflow due to the fact that fresh water was readily available in Belfast in the late 18th Century. Whereas in London, 'Butler' sinks were designed without an overflow so as not to waste any of the fresh water which had to be gathered from deep wells.
Style Salvo's find is an Armitage Shanks sink shown with a reclaimed worktop from Source Antiques with taps from Catchpole & Rye.
Many architectural salvage yards supply reclaimed sinks so check the SalvoWEB home page links or the Salvo directory to find your own Butler or Belfast or see the For Sale page and search sink.
For more reclaimed renovation delights see the link below to follow the Style Salvo blog.
Source Antiques Ltd
Catchpole & Rye
SalvoWEB For Sale
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