2. Victorian Era
A modern reproduction of an 1885 pattern called Windsor, these exterior handles are used with a mortise lock to secure a double-door entry. An antiqued lacquer finish completes the period look.
3. Lever Handle
Though it looks delicate, this satin steel mortise entry set is tough. Because the steel is infused with zinc, the metal won't rust, even if the finish is scratched. Based on a French design, it's unusual in that it has a lever on the outside, instead of the more common knob or thumb latch.
4. Beaded Edge
With its intricate beaded design and serrated "piecrust" edge, this oval brass mortise knob set has a traditional Colonial Revival look. Eight stages of hand polishing and buffing bring out the shine, and a tough-wearing lacquer coating
5. Egg Knob
Clean, simple lines give this white-bronze mortise handleset a contemporary feeling, but soft edges and a satin finish lend it warmth. Sealed with a clear paste wax, the surface will retain its bright appearance.
6. Living Finish
One of the most popular finishes these days is oil-rubbed bronze, which will naturally darken with use and age. This mortise entry set is made using the "lost wax"method, in
which a wax model creates the mold for casting, then melts away.
7. French Accent
The reed-and-ribbon design on this forged brass mortise lockset was inspired by Versailles and wouldn't look out of place in your suburban chateau. The antiqued finish is sealed with a lacquer coating for protection.
8. Thumb latch & Deadbolt
Tubular locksets, though generally less expensive and easier to install than mortise versions, don't have to look low-budget. This one, with a thumb latch and separate deadbolt, is made of brass with a finish meant to evoke oil-rubbed bronze.