W&S Window Displays

French Enamel House Numbers

We have been selling the traditional French blue and white enamel signs on a daily basis for 10 years now. Our supplier Patrick, is based in Saint Ouen, France and has been manufacturing house number plaques using traditional techniques for decades. French signs in a particular shade of blue with white numbers and border adorn nearly every street in France but are not available for visitors to buy. French house owners can order them from the local Mairie (town clerk) though will even order them from us in the UK as this is sometimes considered a quicker option!

Manufacturing Process:

Made from Vitreous enamel (powdered glass melted onto steel), the signage goes through a labour intensive 3 stage kiln process being fired at over 800°C resulting in the beautiful glossy finish that lasts a lifetime provided the surface doesn’t crack – small chips will result in rusting and corrosion (this is nothing a touch of paint wont fix!). On a recent trip to France, Dawn from the Willow & Stone team took a number of gorgeous shots of local entranceways for us, all featuring the traditional signage.


French House Number

French door with blue number plaque above

wooden french door with number plaque above

French enamel sign above green door

I feel quite inspired by these images. I particularly love the colours, the worn paint work and aged metal grilles and detailing not to mention the ever-so slightly imperfect bright blue house number plaques of which we are all so fond, which are found marking out virtually every property on every street all over France! You can buy numbers from ‘1’ to ‘100’ by clicking here.

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Posted by Sarah 21st September 2015

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