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Antique Drawer Lock - Backset 1

Half Mortise Locks for Drawers

Product Info
  • Sold each
  • Supplied with two malleable iron, nickel plated keys
  • Material: Brass with steel box
  • Includes brass wood screws for mounting.
  • Keyhole-covers not-included as furniture style dictates keyhole-cover design
  • Insert Escutcheons: #0242#0237 or #0253  can be used with this lock
  • For drawers, desk lids & doors hinged right
Lock Size

Half Mortise Locks are reproduced in a limited amount of sizes. Thus, exactly matching old locks is not always possible. Our entire lock collection is displayed on this site.

  • Backset- Distance To Pin: 1" (26 mm)
  • Overall: 2-3/4" Wide x 1-7/8" High (70 mm x 48 mm)
  • Selvedge: 2-3/4" x 9/16"
  • Bolt Projection: 1/4"
  • Key Size: Barrel: 3/16" x 1-3/4", 2-1/4" Overall Length, Key-bit Height: 7/16"

Antique Drawer Locks are authentic reproductions of vintage style locks. This design is known as half mortise. They are for many types of furniture including drawers, desk and doors hinged right. Cannot be used on doors hinged left due to placement of keyhole.

These half mortise locks are made in England. They are a nice quality  with a heavy extruded brass plate and steel box. Locking mechanism is a secure lever. 

Strikes are unnecessary for cabinet drawer locks and not included. Orders with multiples of the same lock are shipped keyed alike. Choose size according to backset measurement.  

Additional lock sizes:

Replacing Half Mortise Locks

Keyhole location measurement is critical.Replacement lock-keyhole-location must match location of keyhole in furniture.

To measure: easiest to measure old lock, if you have it:

  • Lock Keyhole Location: distance between selvedge-edge - where bolt shoots through, to lock pin. This measurement is known as the backset.
  • Furniture Keyhole Cutout Location: distance between furniture-edge to estimated location of lock pin in furniture keyhole.

For help measuring and selecting antique furniture locks, we recommend readingWhat you need to know about selecting and replacing half mortise locks.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Eric Norden
cabinet door lock

I was not able to find the proper size half mortise lock for a repair job and stumbled upon Paxton.
They had a larger selection of door locks to chose from than other companies.
I called and ordered and was treated politely. The lock arrived promptly and of high quality.
I needed to modify the opening on the door but I did not expect a modern lock to work
perfectly on a door from 1880. Otherwise it was ideal.
I am pleased with with my purchase and with Paxton.

John Coffey
Best selection in US

I was glad Paxton had a lock with the backset I needed. I will have very little adjustment to fit this lock to the drawers to an Empire desk. Thanks!!

Lock for 1827 English Drop Front Desk

Your Polly helped me select the proper fitting lock for my beautiful 1827 English fall front desk. A little carpentry on my part and the lock fits and operates perfectly, thanks to Polly.

Rhett Brans
Great Product

The locks fitted well and the staff were very helpful

Linda Fromm
Best selection, high quality product

A client brought me their family;s 250-year-old Scottish tall clock in need of extensive reconstruction & restoration. The half-mortise lock for the case door was long gone, but a beautiful brass escutcheon remained. The backset was quite large, approximately 1-1/8. Only Paxton offered locks in a range of backsets that included the one that I need. Many thanks!

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