We normally have a good selection of Pedestal Sinks in unusual styles. Early pedestal sinks were made out of three different kinds of material: porcelain enamel coated cast iron (c.i.), solid vitreous china, and earthenware, originally known as solid porcelain. NOTE: as of April 15, 2017, we have NO pedestal sinks for sale.
Porcelain enamel finished C.I. sinks are normally found today with the original enameled finish in poor, often etched, chipped and rusty condition. They got that way from excessive cleaning with highly abrasive powdered cleansers such as Ajax and Comet. Acetic foods and household chemicals will etch and degrade the enamel coating. They also commonly suffer from rusty and chippy drain and overflow holes. Sometimes if they have been sitting outside in the elements for 70-80 years, the iron underneath gets rusty and that rust starts creeping up around the edges of the enamel. They are easily "re-porcelainized" by any of the many bathtub refinishers. We try to offer unusual style enameled cast iron sinks in good useable original condition. The solid china sinks are rare because they are fragile and easily broken if mishandled. They are highly desireable because they will never wear out with normal use and will never rust. The materials mentioned above will not damage a solid vitreous china sink. But, they often have a hairline age crack or two in the top or the base. Nice early examples in perfect shape are exceptionally hard to find today. But we have them!
Earthenware or solid porcelain or ceramic sinks are a very heavy fireclay with white glazing that is typically crazed all over. These were the most expensive fixtures made and are extremely rare now. They often have small chips in the glaze surface. Earthenware or solid porcelain fixtures were not being made in the USA after roughly 1915.