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  • Nick Brandt

House Numbers

House Numbers

Our selection of traditional residential signage allows you to create unique accents for your house and garden.  Place your family name on your mailbox, dream up a decorative house number, or give your landscape design a fresh twist. With Ramsign, you can think expansively about the space where you live.

The modern house number is not simply a marker to identify a location and orient visitors. When well-designed, a house or door number can complement an architectural design, complete the details of the facade, or simply give a personal touch to the public face of your dwelling.

The History of Porcelain Enameled House Numbers

As modern-day house numbering systems began to emerge in the nineteenth-century Europe, enameled porcelain signs became ubiquitous throughout northern Europe. By the 1850s, porcelain house numbers and street signs were produced in large quantities, albeit by hand. Traditionally fabricated with a rich blue background and white numbers, this color combination became characteristic of the era. Sometimes referred to as “French house numbers”, these blue handcrafted weatherproof house numbers became less available by the end of the Second World War, when other forms of sign production replaced older techniques.

In 1991, we revived the traditional hand stenciling technique and now produce authentic high-end residential signage, including house numbers, address plaques, door signs and nameplates. Every personalized house number comes with a lifetime warranty, guaranteed to maintain its original  hue.

The Craft of Hand-Stenciled House Numbers

The fabrication of our hand-stenciled vitreous house numbers involves a precise firing process. First, the background color, composed of glass and metal oxide, is applied to the metal base and the sign is placed in the kiln. After the base color cools, the numbers are stenciled on and the sign is fired again. Although the process  is controlled, there will always be slight variations in conditions, making each sign a singular creation.

Our House Number Collections

We designed our authentic house number collections carefully considering size, color, trim and typeface.  Each collection contains our recommended sizes and shapes for house numbers; all color combinations are high contrast.

Metropolitan. Styled after the traditional European blue and white porcelain enamel signs, Metropolitan  house numbers define our classic collection.

Highlander. Framed with decorative double trim, our black and white Highlander house numbers mix high gloss with elegant lines.

Engelhardt. Named after the Danish architect and designer Knud V. Engelhardt, our black and white Engelhardt house numbers use the original chunky typeface he designed in 1927.

Arrowhead. We designed our forest green and white Arrowhead house numbers to complement rustic architecture.

Lighthouse. Inspired by the North Jutland region in Denmark, our rust-red and white Lighthouse house numbers add a subdued, yet colorful accent.

Realize Your Own Idea

Do you have an idea for the home that does not fit within our standard product line of house numbers? Our hand-stencil technique and high gloss finishes can expand the possibilities of your design vision. Learn more about our custom sign fabrication process.

  • Nick Brandt