Regarding Our Item #'s
The first 1 - 3 digits of a particular item number corresponds to the page on which that item is found in our print catalog.
The finish for that item is indicated by the last letter(s) in the item number. A = Antiqued Brass, P = Polished Brass, PC = Polished Chrome, PN = Polished Nickel, SN = Satin Nickel.
For example, item #: 102K5PC:
Would be found on page 102 of our print catalog (102K5PC)
Has a Polished Chrome finish (102K5PC)
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Antiquing Solution: A solution of chemicals which will oxidize un-lacquered brass to a desired patina and give it a darker antique look.
Backflap Hinge: These hinges are typically used to hinge the writing surface of drop front desks. They can also be used anywhere a wide leaf is desirable for the additional support it can offer.
Backplate: Door knob escutcheon usually larger than a rosette. Back plates come in many different sizes and shapes, and range from plain to highly decorative. Some come with keyh...
The need to secure precious objects is so innate to humans and many other animals that it is not surprising the earliest locks appear as long ago as 4000 years. The oldest known locks employed a pin tumbler mechanism much like that of our modern "Yale" lock but on a far larger scale. They have been found in cultures as diverse as those of Egypt, Japan and Norway. The Romans can be credited with the invention of the metal lock and in fact developed the "warded lock" which uses the familiar ske...