This Victorian window latch exists in all cast-iron, all bronze-plated, or cast iron with a bronze cap and lever. This one, as the picture shows, is the bronze capped one. Any of these can be mixed in one home as they are from the same era and of the same design, an Eastlake pattern.
This latch is particularly eye catching because of the bronze cap. It turns with a gear-like mechanism which controls the arm into the keeper. Including the lever, it measures 2 3/4″ x 2 inches.
We have cleaned and oiled the latch. Both pieces are original.
Care of cast iron and bronze-plated 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 and bronze-plated 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 iron or bronze will glisten with re-newed vitality.