doorbell with a twist

doorbell

Originally designed for in-door use on apartment doors, the smart people at Manufactum.com have given the old hand-crank doorbell an update. This version fits exterior doors up to 2.36 inches thick, can be heard throughout the house and unlike my uber-annoying doorbell, will never short out. With no plastic parts, it’s a deal at $33.75 plus shipping. –Sarah L.

I had an old one in my 1912 house and it was fab…it could be heard upstairs, but if you had a sleeping baby, you could just unscrew the interior part to disable the doorbell. So simple. Glad to see these are back.

Megan b.

Love it! We need a doorbell, and I bet we can do this ourselves!

Dana

We have an original 1910-ish one in our front door. Trouble is, no one seems to have any idea what it’s there for. Everyone insists on knocking when they can’t find an electric ‘bell.

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[...] 1) There’s still a market for hand-crank doorbells. ModFruGal says: “I had an old one in my 1912 house and it was fab…it could be heard upstairs, but if you had a sleeping baby, you could just unscrew the interior part to disable the doorbell. So simple. Glad to see these are back.” See our pick here. [...]

I love the idea of a hand crank bell. I wonder, would it serve a largish house (5,00 sq ft)? Mine is historic so an electric bell isn’t a shoe-in.

Did you install this outside? Their site says it is for indoor use only but I really want it for my covered porch!

I have one from the late 1800′s or early 1900′s. Is there anyway to get an exact date? Any1 wanna buy it? obiesflies@yahoo.com