Amazing exciting news: Authentic Dishmaster Imperial M-59 faceplates for todays Dishmaster M-76 kitchen faucet are available, made again new. They come from THE SAME tooling used back in the day all the way to 1959! Heres the story:
This is an oldie on my Dishmaster when I visited the company years ago, there was still vintage faceplate stock left. When I wrote about the leftovers, they sold in a flash.
I first heard a twinkle of this news from a reader on March 24. I cant remember who. So sorry you deserve super props, mystery reader!
Oh! I have this photo in my archive from my original story when I wrote about these! The black faceplate is in the works. too!
I immediately reached out to Roger Swayer, owner of Dishmaster, and a longtime friend. He replied in a flash, but swore me to secrecy:
Good to hear from you. Before you read further or open attachments you must swear to keep this a secret forat leasta couple more months, cross your heart, hope to die, stick a pin in your eye. Details are not yet carved in stone and we are not prepared to deal with all the phone calls.
Here are the details he gave me:
Our face plate vendor was acquired. The new owners decided we did not fit their business profile and gave us the boot. When they bundled up our tooling to send to us, they discovered they hadallthe old tooling back to 1959! We are presently prototyping the sunburst face plates in gold (pictured) and in black with gold accents. Along with that, we are working on both black and white covers and knobs. Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the black face plate (the only one in existence in the whole wide world) on the black cover before it was sent off to the new vendor but it is an amazing look. You will be the first to know when we are ready to pull the trigger on all this. It will be the main feature of our 70th anniversary celebration.
From the original stash, in my kitchen.
And then, today, I come back from walking Astro, and see that Roger has sent me five covers to look-see. Yikes! Can I publish now, Roger? Theyre on the website, I say. He says:
Have at it. Will let you know when the black plates arrive in a week or so. Black & white Imperial Fours are waiting on black & white screws for the knobs. Who wouldve guessed that would be the hold up?
So here you go, folks! Straight from 1959: Dishmaster Imperial face plates! Yeehaw, it just never stops being exciting.
And, you can get the faucets on Amazon too: