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.
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.
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.