Asa Hopkins Tallcase Door Lock

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  1. George Nelson

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    Hi, All,

    I hope this is in the correct category, if not, please feel free to move it.

    I'm looking for some information about what the proper lock would be for my Asa Hopkins wooden works tall case clock from the early 1800's. I've attached pictures of the front and back of the door. Any help would be most welcome. Additionally, if anyone has a proper lock-set for sale, that would be the best news ever! :excited:
    Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

    Warmest regards,

    George Nelson
     

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  2. Tinker Dwight

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    Hi
    It looks to have had a couple of different latches.
    Which do you think is the original mounting?
    I'm guessing the original wasn't an inset but mounted
    on the two outside screw holes.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  3. David S

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    George if you can't find an original you might try www.leevalley.com

    Then search under "hardware" > locks.
     
  4. George Nelson

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    Hi, Dwight, David S and All,

    Tinker, I'm really not sure which would have been the original lock placement. The hole is so crudely carved that I'm almost certain it could not have originally been made like that. It will require a simple lock, with a piece that extends from the lock body straight out to go behind the door frame to secure the door. There is no evidence of any matching receptacle or keeper ever being present. I would be happy with anything that will look acceptable and function OK, especially if it would help to cover up the butcher job on the door. (Thank goodness the original keyhole escutcheon is still in place!). I doubt that I'll ever find a lock set that will match the crude cutout into the door.

    David S., thanks SO MUCH for the link to leevalley.com- I'll give them a look through as soon as I post this note and will report back any results.

    Thanks to everyone!

    George Nelson
     
  5. George Nelson

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    Hi, David S. and All,

    Well, a careful perusal through the products offered at Lee Valley Hardware turned up nothing that would work. They have quite an extensive product line, and I've saved the link for future needs. In the meantime, I'll continue my search. Does anyone know of a company who specializes in salvaged cabinet hardware? Of course I'll be checking eBay as well. I would certainly appreciate any further help or suggestions that might be provided.

    Best to all,

    George Nelson
     
  6. Peter A. Nunes

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    The original locks on these trunk doors were almost all surface mounted, so you're probably right that the hogged out area of the door is a later butchery done to fit another style of furniture lock to it. Merritt's sells one (see pg. 118 of their catalogue) that might work for the time being.
     
  7. Tinker Dwight

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    Hi George
    You have a tough one.
    You might have to resort to some metal fabrication.
    These latches are not to fancy. A sliding bolt with
    a notch in it for the key to push back and forth.
    A metal frame to hold it and a post pin to guide
    the key. Possibly a spring to detent the bolt.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  8. George Nelson

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    Hi, Peter, Tinker and Friends,

    Thanks again for the info. I'll dig up my Merritt's catalog to see what I can come up with. I have a guy here locally that would fabricate a lock for me, but he wants $250.00 because it would be so "labor intensive" as he put it. I politely declined. :eek: I'll keep searching and will report back.

    Peace always,

    George Nelson
     

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