About Door Latches

All of the latches in this display are antique. Some of the parts (bars, staples and catches) may be hand forged reproductions.

You will notice the latches are labeled "bean", "spade", "arrow" etc. This common is  nomenclature referring to the shape of the cusp - popular designs of their period (mid 1700's to early 1800's).

Those denoted "Norfolk" latches are so named because the style appeared first in Norfolk, England. They are partially manufactured, partly forged which became popular around 1820. They are often seen in the Greek revival styles homes built in that time period.

Some Interior bean latches and all of the interior Norfolk latches can use interchangeable parts within their category - bean latches with bean parts, Norfolk with Norfolk parts.