It took two years to reproduce the four lock types seen on embroidered caskets of the 17th century and with these four lock types any casket configuration can be made. Sometimes reproductions just have to look the part, but these have to work. X-rays of caskets were used as well as working with historic blacksmiths and then finally a historic brass company to make working versions.
The locks which require keys will all work with the same key. The others use either a push button or push lever to operate. The corresponding hasp will be included in a lock order. These are on offer for anyone making a case themselves. They are included and installed for any caskets purchased from Thistle Threads.
Lock 1: This is a lid lock and two are needed for a double casket, one for a flat top casket. It is operated by a key.
Lock 2: This door lock is for the right door of a double casket. It's bar slides with the turn of the key in the escutcheon and unlocks the doors.
Lock 3: This door lock is for the left door of a double casket. The bar is finger operated and unhooks the door from a hasp located between the drawers. It keeps the doors from bowing open when closed.
Lock 4: This panel lock is installed in the double casket under under a removable tray divider. The lock is operated by a button that allows the removable panel to be slid out to reveal three drawers (and more).
A Flat Casket requires 1- Lock 1. A Double Casket requires 2-Lock 1 and one of each of the others. A Flat Casket with Doors requires one lock of each type.