Thursday, October 31, 2013

Innovative Antique Window Hardware: Combo Sash Lock & Lift

When you look at antique hardware, you occasionally find something ingenious. Something so clever yet so simple in its mechanics that you ask yourself, "why didn't I think of that?"  Sometimes the pioneering piece of hardware might be somewhat obscure and you wonder, "why wasn't that more common?"  The combo sash lock & lift is a perfect example of inventive antique window hardware that probably should have been more popular.  Today, we look at the combo sash lock & lift and look at why it's not too late for this ingenious piece of antique window hardware.

Sash Lock


Sash Lift

Regardless of their age, the most common types of windows found in US homes are double-hung windows and single-hung windows.  Both of these types of windows have two sashes and in both types, the lower sash raises to open the window.  Sash lifts are installed on the bottom rail of the lower sash to aid in lifting it.  Conversely, a sash lock is used to prevent the lower sash from being lifted.  The latching half of the sash lock is usually installed on the top rail of the lower sash while a strike is installed on the bottom rail of the upper sash.  Activating the latch secures the lower sash to the upper sash, preventing the window from being opened.

Combo Sash Lock & Lift

As its' name implies, the combo sash lock & lift combines both a sash lock and a sash lift into a single piece of window hardware.  The sash lift is creatively integrated into the sash lock.  The combo sash lock & lift installs on the bottom rail of the lower sash just as a traditional sash lift would be installed.  The strike plate for the combo sash lock & lift installs on the window sill.  When it is closed, the combo sash lock & lift latches the sash to the window sill.  Pulling up on the spring loaded sash lift releases the lock so the sash can be lifted in one movement.  In a similar fashion, lowering the sash and releasing the sash lift activates the sash lock fastening the sash to the sill in just one motion.  Rather than operating the sash lock and sash lifts in two separate motions, the combo sash lock & lift provides a more efficient one step process.

Despite its superior efficiency and clever design, the combo sash lock & lift has not dominated window hardware.  The combo sash lock & lift has been around since the late 19th century but you don't see antique originals very frequently.  Fortunately, Shop 4 Classics now offers authentic antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts from Antique Revelry.  The Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift can be used on old or new, single hung or double hung, wood windows.  These antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts are offered in today's favorite finishes to accommodate any decorating theme.  Visit Shop 4 Classics for the Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift and other innovative antique reproduction window hardware.

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