Entry Set Styles
Some of the best entry set designs are inspired by American architectural styles. Here's a look at some handsome examples
This stamped brass repro of a late-1800s design from famed 19th-century hardware maker P. & F. Corbin has an antiqued finish that doesn't use lacquer.
Roanoke pattern, about $470 (mortise) and about $242 (tubular); House of Antique Hardware
In the late 1700s, blacksmiths pounded hot iron into graceful, curved handles. This modern-day thumb latch set in forged brass has a flat finish that looks like wrought iron.
Richmond in satin black, about $796 (mortise only); Baldwin
This easy-to-grab lever is paired with a Grade 2 dead bolt. Most off-the-shelf dead bolts for residential use are Grade 2 or 3.
Tustin lever with 780 dead bolt in satin nickel, about $70 (tubular only); Kwikset's
Sand-casting leaves tiny pits in the bronze, flaws that impart a time-worn look and make this piece unique.
Rectangular silicon-bronze set with Egg knob and a rust patina, about $916 (mortise) and about $740 (tubular); Rocky Mountain Hardware
Boxy shapes are a hallmark of Arts and Crafts hardware. This forged-brass set has the look of aged hand-hammered copper.
Kingston thumb latch in antiqued black copper, about $575 (tubular only); Hickory Hardware
This venerable predecessor of the mortise lock mounts on the door's interior surface, making installation a snap. The cast-brass model shown, styled after a 1700s original, has a covered keyhole on the exterior that accepts a 5-inch skeleton key. For additional security, pair a rim lock with a dead bolt.
Brass Colonial Rim Lock with an unlacquered, oxidized finish, about $261; House of Antique Hardware
With a touch-pad lock, your pointer finger is your key. Just punch in a four-digit code and a battery-operated motor frees the latch. Some touch pads, like this LiNK dead bolt from Schlage, can be reprogrammed remotely with a smartphone, so the plumber can get in when you're not home. The battery has a three-year life and will alert you when it runs low; if it does die, the lock also works with a key.
About $200; Schlage
Much easier to operate than traditional-style knobs, making them the preferred openers for people with disabilities or hands full of groceries or kids.
Weave design, forged brass with a polished-chrome plate,
about $914 (mortise only); Von Morris
An old standard that's found on most American doors, this twist-and-push handle tends to be the least expensive of the lot. Egg-shaped knobs like this one are easy to grip and turn.
Rectangular escutcheon with a Carlisle knob, forged brass with an oil-rubbed bronze finish, about $340 (tubular), about $570 (mortise); Ashley Norton
Doors have been opened this way since Colonial times. Comes in two styles: sectional, where the lock is separate from the handle, and full escutcheon (shown), where lock and latch share the same backplate.
Templeton Craftsman design, forged brass with a lacquer finish, about $559 (mortise only); Rejuvenation
These sturdy grips, originally used on commercial doors in the 1800s, have become fashionable for residential use. You latch the door by locking the dead bolt, installed separately.
Georgian roped pull, cast brass with a lacquered oil-rubbed bronze finish, about $138 (tubular dead bolt), about $255 (mortise dead bolt); lookintheattic & company