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Need Lock Repair Help

Posted by nosambos (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 17, 09 at 20:11

I have a beautiful but broken antique lock. To date I have no luck finding someone to fix it. I am willing to send it out or buy another one for parts. I first need to find someone with the know how to fix it. Any lead would be most appreciated. In the closeup pic I have marked a little iron prong which is broken off. The prong pushes the latch back so the door opens from the outside. The inside knob does open the latch. It could also be possible that the outside knob doesn't work because it is locked and there is no key but I think the first problem is the prong.



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RE: Need Lock Repair Help

I take it you've contacted locksmiths? If it is a brass prong, you may need someone to machine you a new one. My FIL is passed away, but he was a gunsmith and machinist. He did fine work like that. You may try to think out of the box and find a craftsman/machinist who would be willing to work on it.

We are fortunate to have smithys here, and I've had antique bronze lamp fixtures/old locks repaired in those places.


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RE: Need Lock Repair Help

You might find help - either directly or referral - through a local architectural salvage company.

There is a fabulous salvage store in Richmond, Virginia called Caravati's that does hardware restoration.

Here is a link that might be useful: Caravati's Inc Architectural Salvage


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