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Item # 4439A

Copper Skeleton Keys

Copper Skeleton Keys are replacement style keys fitting some old furniture locks. Decorative openwork end complements aged appearance.
  • Sold Each
  • Material: Steel
  • Finish: Antique Copper
  • Overall: 2-3/8"
  • Barrel Length: 1-1/2"
  • Pin Hole: 1/8"
  • Key-bit: 3/16" W x 3/16" H
  • Fitting Furniture Keys

    Replacing keys for an existing lock is difficult

    • Lock bits, also known as blades, are specifically cut to fit a lock. Depending on the lock mechanism this can be complex.
    • Unfortunately knowing the manufacturer and model number of the lock does not help in locating a key to fit an antique lock.
    • Cutting the bit/blade, to turn the lock mechanism, often requires the skills of a locksmith.

    Before choosing a key blank:

      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 .

    Profile of key-bit varies according to individual locks. 

    • Some locks are easily turned with a simple un-notched blade
    • Other locks require a key bit with one notch to lock or unlock
    • Many locks require a key cut with 2 notches: one notch locks the lock the other notch unlocks the lock
    • Some locks, made with spring-loaded levers, also require 2 notches however they also must be different sizes. This type of key is difficult to reproduce

    Selecting Keyhole Covers - Escutcheons

    For accurate fit:

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

    Furniture Key Measurements

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