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Item # 4538

Brass Cabinet Door Locks, 7/8 inch

Cabinet Door Surface Locks are an easy to use surface mount lock, screwing to the inside of cabinet doors. Double handled, works both left and right hand doors. Use on china cabinets, curios and furniture doors. Each has a 2 lever locking mechanism to ensure smooth action and years of dependable service. These Premium English Locks are skillfully machined from substantial brass extrusions. Strikes are not necessary and therefore not included. Large size, 7/8" backset, available in two other sizes. Made In England. 

Brass Cabinet Door Locks, 9/16" backset

Brass Cabinet Door Locks, 11/16" backset

  • Sold each
  • Material: Heavy Extruded Brass
  • Finish: Sanded
  • Supplied with two malleable iron, nickel plated keys
  • Includes brass wood screws for mounting.
  • Keyhole-covers not-included as style of keyhole-cover is dictated by furniture period. 
  • When replacing locks: the backset is most crucial as it must match cutout in furniture for lock to line up correctly with existing keyhole
  • Backset- Distance To Pin: 7/8"
  • Overall: 1-3/4" x 3-1/2"
  • Bolt Projection: 1/2"

  • Key:
  • Barrel: 1/4" x 2"
  • 2-1/2" Overall Length
  • Key-end Height: 9/16"
  • Surface Lock Information

    Surface Locks are used on furniture and cabinet doors.

    Easy to install:No mortising is required as lock mounts directly to the inside of the cabinet door.

    • A strike is rarely used as it can impede the bolt from smoothly extending behind face frame or door stile.
    • Our surface locks are reversible meaning they will work both right and left hand doors.
    • Please note: these locks are visible when looking into a glass curio or china closet door. If preferred a half mortise or full mortise lock will provide a less visible alternative.

    Surface Lock Measurement Diagram


    • Backset: distance between: selvedge-edge of lock to center-of-pin in keyhole. (see diagram)
    • When replacing locks: the backset is most crucial as it must match cutout in furniture for lock to line up correctly with existing keyhole
    • Be sure overall size of Lock-Plate will fit onto door stile/face frame


    Determine desired location of lock

    • Position of lock must allow for bolt to extend behind face frame of cabinet. A minimum of ¼" is necessary to secure door when locked.
    • Ideally edge of lock should line up with edge of door
    • If keyhole already exists in door, make sure lock-keyhole lines up with cabinet-keyhole

    Keyhole Placement

      • Measure distance from top of lock-plate to center of key pin
      • Measure distance from side of lock-plate to center of key pin
      • With these two measurements locate keyhole on furniture front, make sure key pin is aligned with keyhole location
      • Drill small pilot hole at key pin location, hold lock in position and check to make sure hole lines up with key pin
      • Drill hole larger to accommodate key barrel
      • Cut remaining portion of keyhole with a small keyhole saw

    Mark location of lock on door interior

        • Insert key from front through door into lock
        • With key in position, hold lock at desired location on back of door and mark screw holes
        • Drill small pilot holes for screws

      Mount Lock

              • Mount lock and attach with wood screws
              • For a finished appearance: mount an escutcheon/keyhole plate, on door front.

      Using Brass Wood Screws

      Care is required when installing brass screws. While these screws are the best match for most antique hardware however they are not as strong as steel screws. The screw is easily damaged if the hole is not properly prepared.

      The best practice is to first drill a pilot hole. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the overall width of the screw, including threads, to drill the hole. Then use a steel screw, the same size as brass screw, to “cut threads” in pilot hole, by screwing steel screw into and then out of hole.

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