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Item # 4481

Roll Top Desk Locks

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Full Mortise Lock

Product Info
  • Sold each
  • Material: Steel Lock with Brass Selvedge
  • Includes: Brass Strike, Brass Keyhole Cover, 2 Brass-plated Steel Keys & mounting screws

  • Size
  • 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: 1"
  • Selvedge: 5/8" x 3-1/4"
  • Box: 1-3/4" W x 1-3/8" H
  • Trap door strike: 2-3/8" x 13/16"
  • Keyhole Cover: 3-11/16" x 1-3/8"

  • Roll Top Desk locks are specific style dating to the Victorian and Golden Oak eras. They are a unique style, used on desks with a lid that rolls up and down in a track. The desk lid is made of either solid wood or tambour, wooden slats glued to a canvas backing.  The lock used is very specific, as it is made for this unique application. Our roll top desk locks are authentically copied from the original 19th century design. 

    These Roll Top Desk Locks are reliable with smooth locking mechanisms. They are locked and unlocked with a key. Desk lid often has finger rests or knobs to raise and lower lid. Keyhole cover mounts on exterior of desk frame, outlining keyhole.

    To install roll top desk locks are mortised into base of roll-top lid, facing downward. Square strike, with spring loaded trap door, is mortised to sit flat in desk surface. When desk lid is rolled down, winged bolt drops down into strike to lock lid to writing surface. 

    Roll top desk locks are sold as a set. Set includes: lock, square trap-door strike, keyhole cover, two keys and mounting screws. 

    If 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.

    When will my order ship?

    Orders normally leave our warehouse in 1 – 2 business days

    Ground delivery usually takes 3-5 business days depending upon your location. We ship out of Maryland

    Ground Shipping is Free on Orders over $99 to the 48 contiguous states, USA

    Low $6.95 flat-rate shipping for orders less than $99 to the 48 contiguous states, USA

    Air and International shipping is calculated according to carrier rates, box size and weight. Please call or email for assistance.

    Returns are accepted within 60 days of receipt for a full merchandise refund - your original payment method will be credited for the merchandise amount.

    If you need assistance, we are happy to help! 800-241-9741

    Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time

    Email: support@paxtonhardware.com

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 7 reviews



    Roll Top Desk Locks

    Great service

    I ordered a lock, for an antique roll top desk, to be sent to Australia. It arrived promptly and exactly as described. I’m very pleased.


    Works well, easy to install!

    locks for my roll top

    Products were of high quality and were exactly what I needed. very happy thanks!

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