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.