EARLY IRON NORFOLK LATCH
A Norfolk door latch found in Massachusetts. Stamped back plate with quarter-round cut-outs at each corner and nail holes for securing to the door. Saucered thumb press with an early type of straight lift (later forms were curved). Forged iron grasp with a die-swaged portion welded to the centre. Norfolk latches in America were popular from about 1800 to 1850 when Blake’s Patent latch took over the market and displaced both Suffolk & Norfolk latches. Norfolk latches were most popular on Greek Revival homes. Dates circa 1830 and measures approximately 6.25 inches long.