They caught my eye in our first inspection of the house - those big old rim locks hiding under layers of paint. I counted seven locks, two in the front doors and five in internal doors. One of the external locks was of the cast iron "box" type and the others were of the rounded, slimline design with pressed casings and late additions of reproduction timber knobs. Painted-over hardware is one of my pet-peeves so a restoration project was inevitable.
|One of the internal locks, before and|
|The front door rim lock after restoration|
If you have a period house but the original rim locks are missing you can always source vintage pieces or reproductions, just search your local salvage shop or ebay. Second hand locks are quite commonplace but the keeps can be hard to come by. You can also get a key cut for your salvaged lock at a specialist locksmith to complete the installation. Best of luck, and if you can shed any more light on the history of these great pieces of antique hardware please let me know.
|Brisbane Courier 1912, the Steamer |
Shropshire delivers another shipment of
locks for further distribution
by hardware merchant R.J Wilson, Queen St