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Shutter Locks > Overview

It’s quite simple… if shutters don’t lock in the closed position they don’t function. Every historic shutter was built & installed to function. Besides, traditional locks are visible on the open shutters - an historic touch that’s always noticed from the street or sidewalk.

Our shutter locks include offerings of examples that date from the colonial period through pieces of our own design – custom variants to your needs.

Priced by the set – enough hardware to lock a pair of shutters on one window.  Price includes semi-gloss e-coat finish and matching stainless steel fasteners.

Shutter Locks >  Colonial Strap Lock

Until about 1800, blacksmiths forged shutter locks in this style.  The locks often reflected the size and style of the strap hinges on the shutters and were attached with the same hand forged rivets as were used on the hinges.

The installation & operation of the strap lock is interesting---Click Here

In most cases, the hinges sit behind the open shutter and are only seen when the shutters are closed.  Strap lock mounts on the hinge side. From inside the house, the shutter to the right is pulled closed.  The shutter with the strap lock is then pulled shut.  The pin on the lock passes through the shutter and the shutter “key” is dropped into the slot in the pin.  The iron bound shutters are now securely locked.

Two adjacent open shutters with strap locks installed. 

  • To the left is the lock plate and “key”

  • To the right the strap lock is installed on the shutter.

Item #

Size

Price/set

601

Made to your size and specifications

Around $85.00 per set

Shutter Locks >  Forged Slide Bolts

Produced from the early 1800’s through the early 1900’s, easily the most common historic shutter locks across the country.   Our forged slide bolts match early work in size, form and fabrication.

Contemporary with the 610 bolt, our 615 is a scaled-up version for larger shutters, it’s mostly a matter of visual balance between bigger shutters and bigger hardware.

610 Bolt (above) and 615 Bolt (below)

Item #

Size

Price/set

610

Plate 1-¾” h x 9” w
keeper 1-¾ x 4" 
bolt ¾ x ¼ x 8”

$36.00

615

Plate 2” h x 16” w
keeper 2 x 4”
bolt 1”x ¼ x 10”

$42.00

This is an early form of the plate mounted shutter bolt.  The forged “rattail” handle is of an earlier pattern than the more common “penny” and usually indicates local blacksmith work.  This was a favorite shutter bolt pattern of my friend & blacksmith mentor, the late Donald Streeter.

Item #

Size

Price/set

611

Plate 1-¾” h x 9” w
keeper 1-¾ x 4"
bolt ¾ x ¼ x 8”

$39.00

616

Plate 2” h x 16” w
keeper 2 x 4”
bolt 1” x ¼ x 10”

$46.00

Shutter Locks > 620 – Heavy “Brandywine barrel bolt” ™

Our newly designed shutter barrel bolt.  Heavy 5/8” diameter forged barrel with our unique forged “lolly-pop” handle.  Bold outline adds visual interest and highlights the weight and strength of this lock.

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Carpenters’ hall was finished in 1770, right across the street from Independence hall.  It hosted the first continental congress and was home to Ben Franklin’s first library.  The hall was a handy and frequent meeting place of our nation’s founders.

The bold shutter bolts appear original and are obviously designed specifically for the structure.  They were made with the newly available rolled plate iron and sized to fully span the shutters.  A unique and eye-catching hardware set that screams “Secured”!

We used the Carpenter Hall bolts as the starting point for some large door hardware we designed and made for a Jamaica cruise terminal.  The doors are 12’ tall and subject to 185 mph hurricane winds, so robust hardware was in order.  The horizontal bolt in the middle of the door below the rings is 3” tall by 28” wide.  The bolt itself is scaled up to ¾” in diameter and 24” long.

We incorporated the same bolt to make the head and foot bolts, with the head bolts nearly 4 feet in height.  I felt the form of the bolt was lost on the back plates while the head bolts were the most interesting. So we took this hardware and replaced the solid backplates the two simple bridges.  That not only showcases the strong and simple lines of the forged bolt and adds visual interest to the open shutters, but also brings the whole bolt set more into a style one would expect to come from an early blacksmith shop.

 

Item #

Size

Price/set

620

5/8” diameter bolt by 12” length, 4” throw 

$54.00

Shutter Locks > 618 – our new “shutter storm latch” ™
Our storm latch is a simple solution to a common problem… how to lock louvered shutters.  Most raised panel shutters have a horizontal “lock rail” close to the mid-point of the shutters, most louvered shutters don’t.   That only leaves the relatively narrow outer stiles for lock installation – not enough width for a typical shutter slide bolt. 

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Our storm latch is simple but sturdy and fits easily across the two stiles of any shutters when closed.  It can be installed on the front or back of the open shutters so it can be engaged from inside the house or outside.  With its relatively low price, two latches (pointing in opposite directions?) can be installed on a single shutter – one at the top, one towards the bottom, providing extra secure locking in the face of heavy storms or winter vacancy.

Many historic shutter locks have been painted/rusted shut over the years – they are inoperable even though the hinges and shutter dogs probably work just fine.  In this case you can mount a storm latch on the back side of the shutters and restore their functionality.  The shutters can be closed and locked from the outside.  A nice solution if you’re in an historic district and have qualms about changing the face of the shutters once approved….

This latch is also the perfect solution to locking vertically hung Bermuda style shutters.  They can be mounted on the inside and the latch bar hangs vertically when the shutter is not locked so it stays out of the way.  If you install the latches to lock from the outside on paired shutters, they rest behind the open shutters – their narrow profile doesn’t hold the closed shutter out from the wall.

Item #

Size

Price/set

618

Storm latch fabricated of 3/16 material

latch bar ¾” wide x 4” long
the “keeper” ¾” w x 3” in height

also available in stainless steel

$19.50

Shutter Locks > Custom Example

Since we really are very experienced restoration blacksmiths, and really do work in Pennsylvania, we’re often called on to provide custom hardware for special situations.

Below a sturdy latch/lock, plate mounted; part of a matching set of hardware we made for an addition to a 1930’s home.  Recreating the original shutters and hardware was fundamental in integrating the addition into the existing dwelling.  The finish is mechanical galvanizing, a very durable substrate that matched the original samples.  The installed hardware was painted to match the window frames and shutter colors.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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