I have a 1924 Victorian Home, I have been looking for A Victorian doorbell that was not 300-400 dollars. The doorbell is Great and also Beautiful, but I have a storm door that is locked all the time so mounting it on the door was not a option. I had to mount it on the door trim and also I have 2x6 walls, so the key rod was to short. With a lot of help from my local Ace hardware man the key stock was removed. He drilled and tapped the key part and used 5/16 round rod which he threaded one end and filed the other down to 1/4 of an inch square so that it would fit in the bell its self. With the 6" walls, door trim inside and out the key stock needed to be about 10" long. So with a little work and a lot of assistance from the Ace Man, I now have the Beautiful Victorian Doorbell that my Spouse has been wanting for awhile. I have been told by everybody how Beautiful and Unique the bell is.
Beautiful piece of art, great addition to my 1924 Victorian Home, I looked at a lot of doorbells before I settled on this one and have no regrets. I have had nothing but good thing said about the beauty and quality of this doorbell. I know that this doorbell was made to mount on the door, but having a full glass storm door that is kept locked at all times made a problem for me. So thanks to the help of my hometown hardware store owner he fabricated a longer rod to go through my 6" walls that would make the doorbell work.
We love this Victorian style bell which sounds great and looks great, but it was difficult to install on our hollow steel door. Because the screw holes in the bell and the twist plate don't line up, they are meant to screw into a solid door, so we knew it would take some work. However, even in a wooden door, because the cotter pin was too long, the hole drilled for the shaft would be too large, preventing one from using the screw holes. We ended up squeezing down the cotter pin, using sheet metal screws, and then used a silicone adhesive to affix the pieces to the door. This worked well, but was more work than we thought it would be. Ideally, you'd have the bell and twist plate line up so the screws would hold the pieces to one another. Good luck! All in all it was worth the work and feels solid, sounds great, and people love to ring it!