This swing-arm style window latch is 2 1/4″ across the back and projects 2 1/2″ including the length of the arm., It is made of Victorian-patterned iron accented by a bronze button which is spring loaded for snapping the arm into place.
The latch is marked on the bottom: “PAT. Jan. 4 & June 13, 1876.”
The latch has been cleaned and oiled. All original.
Care of cast iron latches:
We never recommend painting or varnishing window latches to keep them from rusting. Either of these treatments diminishes the value of the hardware, makes the hardware look questionably un-authentic, and creates a look not conducive to vintage homes. Genuine cast iron hardware needs to be given the love that one would give to a prized hand tool. If the piece gathers surface rust because of humidity, simply prepare an oiled rag and clean (rub) the hardware. The cast iron will glisten with re-newed vitality