Replacing Skeleton Key Type Locks?

If you are searching for replacements for your old skeleton key type locks, you are in luck! Nostalgic Warehouse makes brand new hardware to replace that style of lock. Be careful, because if you aren’t sure what a skeleton key lock is you may likely be ordering the wrong style to fit your door. Skeleton door knobs are a whole lot different from door knobs you see today. It requires special door preparation to fit what’s called the Mortise Box for the door knobs to attach to. The reason we call them skeleton key type locks is because they use that old fashioned skeleton keys you see on older homes. The vintage or antique style hardware. Here’s the difference from a skeleton key mortise box compared to a regular or standard door preparation (like today’s doors).

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The picture on the left is the Nostalgic Warehouse mortise lock box and the picture on the right is the standard door preparation for doors today. The problem you will have if you order the mortise box (or skeleton key type mortise lock) will be that you can not install that big box in the bore holes. It just wont work. So it’s important to understand what you are ordering. If your door does in fact use skeleton keys than you should be able to replace them with Nostalgic Warehouse door knobs. Nostalgic Warehouse offers a wide selection of door knob styles like porcelain door knobs, crystal door knobs or the fancy decorative brass door knobs. Maybe you have a great working mortise box and all you need to do is replace are the door knobs only or just the backplates only… you can totally do that! Or you can totally replace the mortise box and the knob all together (as a set).

If you are looking for door knobs that look like antique but will fit your regular or standard prep doors, check out Nostalgic Warehouse’s door knobs.