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Budget Thumb Latch Handleset

Emtek Rectangular Full-Length Handleset With Interior Lever

Size: 2¾ x 19 inches

Warranty: Five years on construction

Material: Solid, sand-cast bronze; the escutcheon is covered with scratch marks left by a grinder.

Details: The casting process creates smooth, comfortable curves and crisp edges, time after time.

Design: This smooth, graceful handle shape looks right at home on Colonial-style doors with four to six panels.

Finish: An oxidizing treatment darkens the metal, but this uncoated "living finish" will show bright brassy tones in spots that are rubbed repeatedly.

Fasteners: The Phillips-head screws holding the escutcheon to the door are visible only from the inside.

Bottom Line: This sturdy entry set trim has a classic styling that won't grow old. And its price can't be beat, if you're looking for low-maintenance bronze.

Price: about $275 (mortise), about $201 (tubular) available from Cape Cod Brass & Security Hardware
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