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From left to right, little gecko doorbell cast in brass from Waterwood Hardware. (www.wayfair.com via AP) A vintage-style doorbell which comes in burnished antique or oil-rubbed bronze finish.(Rejuvenation/www.rejuvenation.com via AP) Dragonfly doorbell ringer. The wings are cast in solid bronze and its body in solid brass. (www.wayfair.com via AP) Rejuvenation’s midcentury-style starburst doorbell.

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Right at home: New doorbells have lots of bells and whistles

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys.