- wood mailboxes
- Bungalow style
- Classic Craftsman
- Post and Number
- Field and Forest
- Solid brass streetside
- Copper clad streetside
- solid copper
A craftsman mailbox is a superior way to add some vintage charm without causing extraordinary financial hardship. Ordinarily, the typical original craftsman style mailbox was most likely very tiny by today's standards, prior to the advent of massive quantities of junk mail. Letters exhibited formalism, were often hand written with abundant personality, and envelopes were small relative to today, where increasing sizes reflect an attempt to attract outsized attention.
An arts and crafts mailbox likely to garner your attention is our post wood vented mailbox which not only is constructed in the favorite craftsman wood choice of quartersawn oak, but also features square ebony black plugs, which is deeply in the Greene and Greene tradition eschewing formalism. Of course, there are important concerns associated with wood mailboxes. For example, they are simply not be located in a location will they will be exposed to moisture such as rain. Sunlight is fine, but will result in more maintenance if you want to keep the arts and crafts mailbox looking good. We recommend a paste wax with built in ultraviolet inhibitors. If there isn't much sun exposure then maybe application of paste wax is fine at the frequency of once a year, but if the location is sun intensive application should be made on a more frequent basis. The preferable location would be a covered porch, which is luckily a location that is generally available for use on most craftsman, tudor, and American Foursquare style homes.
Our metal craftsman mailboxes are also worthy of strong consideration. Make certain you look at all the finish options. It is a voluminous list and varies from highly irregular finishes such as verdegris to very uniform alternatives including pewter, black, antique brass, antique copper and others.
In general, streetside rural style mailboxes are representative of functionality, but difficult to get excited about. However, our streetside craftsman mailbox designs are considerably more likely to generate exhilarated reactions. We start with a standard rural style mailbox that has been officially post department approved, and then wrap it with embossed copper, embossed in a multitude of pleasing designs. The copper is clear coated so it will retain it's original look. The designs include traditional craftsman motifs such as gingko leaves, pine oriented designs, to initials with craftsman lettering.
Most customers opt for the standard streetside mailbox configuration, but for those who are security concious there is an option for a higher security style that including a locking compartment in the interior. Be forewarned, however, that this greatly reduces the number of cubic inches available for packages.
The good news is that you can reuse your existing post. But if you want to get a new one, that is best purchased locally.
Craftsman mailboxes that are affixed to the side of the house should be made of a non-ferrous metal, by which we mean you should attempt to avoid steel. Iron and steel have the potential to eventually rust and if there is condensation or some other form of water there is the possibility that you could end up with rust streaks developing below the mailbox. Although the likelihood is slim, why not get a mailbox in which there isn't any concern about this issue at all? Our wall mounted mailboxes are either made of solid copper, or in the case of the craftsman style mailboxes with a variety of different finish options the base metal is brass, which is of course non-ferrous and will not rust.