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Restored Antique Rim (Box) Locks, page 53
Reference # 245-339
A Moravian open work wrought iron surface mount latch, circa 1780, with the removable screw-off exterior handle. Interior lever is flat while exterior lever is a fan handle with an elongated and decorative escutcheon behind it. Shown oin mounted position below. While the fan handle does not match the flat handle inside, it's hand threading inside fits the threaded stem and seems to be a part made for this lock - possibly an early 1800's replacement. These latches were made primarily by blacksmiths in Moravian settlements, hence the name. Lock body measures 8 3/4" deep x 3 3/4" high x 2 3/8" extended from door. This type of lock is not reversible and is right hand only and will fit a door up to a maximum 1 1/2" thick. This type of lock was used on both interior and exterior doors as the removable handle was actually used as a "key". When you left home or just wanted privacy, the handle was removed so the latch could not be operated from the outside. Lock is in good working condition and complete with original drive-in rat-tail keeper (3 1/2" high) shown from the side in above photo. Fan handle is 3 1/2" across and extends 3". The exterior original escutcheon measures 4 1/2" x 1 5/8". This lock is original as found.
Wrought Iron Moravian Latch,
Price $ 195.00
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