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    Replacing keys in old locks

    Fitting Furniture Keys

    Replacing keys for an existing lock is difficult

    • Knowing the manufacturer and model number of the lock unfortunately does not help in locating a replacement key.  The majority of historic lock companies are no longer in business.
    • Replacing keys on existing locks is very difficult.

      • The lock mechanisms are often quite complex requiring a specific cut pattern in the key bit.
      • These cut-patterns are rarely interchangeable. 
      • A locksmith is often required to cut the exact pattern in the key for it to turn the lock mechanism.

    Choosing a key blank:

    Key Blanks

    Furniture Key Measurements

    • Determine lock-pin diameter This measurement is critical as key-barrel must slide over lock pin.
    • The key-bit must be sized correctly to move the lock-bolt .

    Key-bit Patterns vary according to individual locks. 

    • Some locks are easily turned with a simple un-notched blade
    • Other locks require a key bit cut pattern to have one notch to lock or unlock
    • Many locks require a key bit cut pattern to have 2 notches: one notch locks the lock the other notch unlocks the lock
    • Locks made with spring-loaded levers require a  very specific key bit cut pattern. The cut pattern is often complex. This type of key is typically very difficult to reproduce.
    • We do-not know of or have a guide for how to determine the key bit pattern. A locksmith, who is familiar with older locks, is our best recommendation. 

    Antique and vintage keyhole Covers

    Selecting Keyhole Covers - Escutcheons

     Keyhole Covers and Escutcheons

    • Measure keyhole height in furniture
    • Measure height of key-bit
    • Compare above determined measurements, to interior keyhole measurements, of the desired keyhole cover

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