What are Rim Locks & Rim Latches?

Used since Medieval times, rim locks are among the oldest types of locking devices. Fitted to the surface of the door, these devices offer an abundance of character and are especially suited to Period properties.

While rim locks and box locks are often chosen for their stylish properties, they're also a great alternative if your door is too thick for an internal locking mechanism.

Discover the various types of rim locks and latches below...

Rim Locks

Traditional rim locks contain a simple latch and deadbolt lock. They're designed to be fitted to the inwards-opening side of the door. The deadbolt can be locked and unlocked from either side of the door using a key. The keyhole is protected by an escutcheon on either side of the door, and the latch is operated by a pair of mortice/rim knobs. One door knob is fitted directly to the door with its rose intact, while the other door knob is mounted onto the rim lock with its rose removed.

Two sides of a white panelled door with a Beeswax rim lock and cast iron cover used with a round mortice knob.

Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax rim lock & cast iron cover fitted with a Round mortice/rim knob set.

Oak Box Locks

Oak box locks are crafted from responsibly sourced, unstained English oak and contain a 5 lever lock for ultimate security. These locks are reversible and are sold as a complete set, including an Octagonal knob set with separate roses, escutcheons, and straps. We offer From The Anvil's oak box locks are available in both Pewter and Black finishes and are used to create a luxurious statement on any door.

Wooden door with From The Anvil's Pewter Oak Box rim lock set with a key in.

Above: From The Anvil's Pewter Oak box lock & Octagonal knob set on a wooden door.

Rim Latches (bathroom latch)

 A rim latch consists of a latch (operated by a door knob) and a small deadbolt which is operated by a sliding draw bolt at the top of the lock, as opposed to a key. This means that the latch can only be locked from one side of the door (the side to which it has been fitted). Much like a traditional rim lock, a rim latch should be fitted to the side of the door which opens inwards. These latches are most frequently used in bathrooms or bedrooms that require privacy without the need for a keyhole and key.

From The Anvil's Iron Left Hand Bathroom Rim Latch on a white background

Above: From The Anvil's left-handed Iron bathroom rim latch.


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