The family-owned company that makes our enamel house plates started in 1905, but you can trace its heritage of enamel making back to the 1830s. At the turn of the 20th-century, the founder opened a small factory on the north coast of France and began producing decorative enamel objects, as well as signs and kitchenware. His great grandson continues to offer these items using the same methods as over a century ago.
Vitreous enamel is glass (not paint) melted onto steel at a temperature of 1436°F (780°C) to 1508°F (820°C). The steel has to be specifically adapted to fully fuse with the enamel before receiving several mineral-based coats.
First, the house plates are cut from steel sheets and cleaned to ensure the two materials will completely meld. The piece is then covered with wet enamel and left to dry before being put in a kiln – a process that’s repeated twice more. Once a final coat of enamel has been applied, a number is stenciled by hand onto the house plate, giving it a distinct and unique typeface. The sign makes one last trip to the kiln before it arrives at your home.
To install your enamel house plate, use stainless steel or brass screws and washers. Make sure the screw comfortably fits through the hole. Don’t use an electric drill or hammer to attach the plate, as you might accidentally damage it in the process. To protect the plate from rain and other harsh conditions, you can apply a thin coat of silicone.
The sixth generation French company that makes these house number plates generates its own electricity. In 1952, the business moved into a factory that runs on natural energy, thanks to a water mill onsite. No chemicals are used while making the product, since vitreous enamel is a mineral-based product.
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