Repro/antique mortise locksets and pocket door hardware
We're reconstituting an old house that was, sadly, chopped up into a triplex but has now been rebuilt on the interior into a generous two-floor (second and third) apartment plus a smaller single-bedroom apartment (first floor and basement). We have thoughtfully chosen out custom milled woodwork, light fixtures, etc, to bring the interior back close to how it could have looked detail-wise when first constructed, the layout obviously having changed.
We chose beautiful five-panel doors to use throughout the house but we're sort of overwhelmed with the choices for hardware to use, either mixing and match knobs, plates, rosettes and keyhole plates or trying to find reproduction sets.
We've figured, however, that we'd like to sort out the locking mechanisms and work back from there.
We have nine interior doors that we are looking for mortise sets or latches for:
First of all, we can't find attractive/simple locking pocket door hardware in satin nickel for the one bathroom door. We've checked out hardware stores but are unhappy with the quality of what we've seen. Anyone have any links or resources for online?
The four closet doors are probably going to get rosettes. All the doorknobs throughout will probably match, we just haven't picked anything out yet. We're not averse to having everything replated.
We're unsure how to handle the other (regular/swinging) bathroom door, the two bedroom doors or the basement door.
The two bedroom doors are in the same area as the sliding bathroom door. We'd like them to potentially lock somehow. Do we go with the mortise lockset with a skeleton key and just leave the key in on the bedroom side? Or do we go with some sort of privacy latch below the knob without the keyhole on the other side?
The other bathroom door and the basement door face one another and are not in the same apartment as the above mentioned doors. We want the basement door to lock just for the fact that anyone having company over may not want children to potentially open the door and fall downstairs. We'd also, obviously, like the bathroom door to lock. Undecided if we go with a latch or a key.
That being said, has anyone here used reproduction mortise locksets and skeleton keys or knows of a place to get a matching set of new old stock or antique pieces? Is it a bath idea to use the privacy latch with no keyhole or the key?