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post #1 of 5 Old 12-22-2014, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Please help identify locking mechanism...

I am currently restoring what I am told is an early 1900's gothic revival styled desk. I would like to find a locking mechanism to put on the desk that is similar to the one it used to have. However, I cannot for the life of me figure out what kind of lock was on it. It uses a skeleton key to lock/unlock the cabinet doors on each side of desk. Here are some pictures. The only thing I can think is a box lock or trunk lock, but the key hole orientation is wrong. Here are some pics...
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Without dimensions it would be difficult to find a source. The lock appears to be a chest lock. Try googling reproduction chest lock
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Thanks Steve, but the problem is the key hole is not oriented correctly on the box lock. :/


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Without dimensions it would be difficult to find a source. The lock appears to be a chest lock. Try googling reproduction chest lock
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That was just the first picture I came across. Some of the chest locks are made to work either vertical or horizontal like the first picture here. It is made to insert completely in the edge of the wood though instead of mounting on the back side like the second picture. You need a lock that is shaped like the second picture but keyed like the first picture.

You may have to take some measurements and contact a reproduction hardware company to find one the size you need and has the position of the keyhole aliens with the lock.
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May try WSI Distributors in St. Charles MO.This is a wholesale only place but they do have a retail division.Just can't think of the name right now.
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