This decorated iron set of 4 is exquisite and ready to use.,Dating from the 1870s, this latch turns with a gear-like mechanism,which controls the arm into the keeper. ,Because of the way the latch is built, it is sturdy and long lasting.,It measures, including the lever, 2 3/4″ x 2 inches. , ,These latches have been cleaned and oiled. All are 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.