Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mystery of the mysteriously mysterious window hardware

Hello All,
I'm hoping that someone can help us solve the mystery of our mysterious window hardware.

Here's a shot of the original window hardware we have on oh 2/3rds of our windows. We were hoping to be able to buy some replacement hardware so we can have latches that match-plus we think these are way more cool than the regular latches you see in the catalogs.



You see, the little round cap thing rotates on the turned rod. You pivot the rod into the catch and then rotate the cap down tight to lock the window in place.
Here's what it looks like when its locked down.
We have not seen anything like this in any of our fancy/expensive repro hardware catalogs. Heck, I even asked the folks at Restoration Hardware (I want one of those crazy bat lights-if you don't know what I'm talking about get their catalog) who had a nice booth at the pacific coast builders show if they had seen anything like it and they had not!?!??!!?!?! BTW I fiddled with all their stuff on display at the booth and it all felt very substantial and solid-seems to be good stuff...now if its worth the money well.....

So If you've seen these latches before, knew who made them originally or know where we can get quality repros please let us know. The house was made by Marcuse-Remmel in 1897ish so maybe they had them custom made to set them apart from the crowd?



I just wanted to throw in a quick pic of the new bedroom door Irene put on. It blocks the morning light coming in from the windows in the kitchen and lets us sleep till 9am on Sundays!! Yay!!!!!
Yea its just a heavy curtain but it works. All the dang doors we got with the place and not a one that appears to be correct for this doorway? What the heck did the Leroy do with it?

7 comments:

amy from old homes list said...

My friend has very similar hardware on her horse trailer. Maybe it wasn't originally intended for use on houses?

The MadScientist said...

Huh, that's a interesting point Amy.. One of the neighbors house has some of these also...they do appear to be older than the 'regular' window latches. Horse trailer huh,...that's not very romantic is it...

amy from old homes list said...

Me, I'd love to have horse stuff around my house. ;)

I'm trying to find out what the type of latch is called, but I'm not finding it anywhere in the horse trailer equipment sites either.

Anonymous said...

The latch looks more suited to preventing a hinged window from opening into the room, than preventing a double-hung window from moving up and down. I've seen latches sort of like that on modern boats, where the window flips into the passenger cabin. When the window is closed you screw the latches down to get a tight seal and prevent water from getting in.

Anonymous said...

...Actually I just found something rather similar. Do a google image search for something called a Brighton fastener.

The MadScientist said...

Wow anon I think you got it. It looks like we do have an original version of the Brighton Fastener

irene said...

hurray! they definitely seem to be used much more in the UK, where most of the places selling them are. I even found a place that has them in satin chrome, which will work out much better for us than the super polished brass or chrome ones that came up first.

knowing what they're called helps immensely! thanks!