8" Dark Bronze Thumb Latch
with Old World Drop Bar
Solid bronze hardware with an elegant design
This solid Cast Bronze Thumb Latch pairs with an elegant straight drop bar to create a very traditional gate opener. On the street-side of your gate you install the Thumb Latch, and on the yard-side you install the drop bar. The latch is operable from both sides.
This latch is suitable in-swinging gates and out-swinging gates, but for out-swinging gates the horizontal latching portion must be installed on the outside.
The latch is not lacquered, so it will darken naturally over time.
- Material: Dark Bronze
- Mechanism: Gravity
- Finishes available: Dark Bronze or Black Wax (10% upcharge and 2-3 weeks added processing time)
- Set includes mounting hardware
- Fits gates up to 2.5" thick (Extension kit can be ordered for gates up to 3.5" thick)
- Operable from both sides.
- Suitable for in-swinging gates.
- Handing not required.
- Lockable with added deadbolt.
Dimensions of this gate latch:
- Pull Handle: 8" Tall x 1-3/4" Wide. Tail Piece is 3-3/4" long.
- Drop Bar: 6-1/2" from pivot point to end
- Catch Plate: 4" x 3/4"
Important: Please check that the dimensions of this gate latch will fit your particular style of gate!
- Dark Bronze
- Black Wax (10% upcharge and 2 weeks added processing time for black finish)
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (10") Pkg for Double Gates
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (10") Pkg for Single Gates
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (8") w/Old World Bar Pkg for Double Gate
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (8") w/Old World Bar Pkg for Single Gate
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (10") w/Old Bar Pkg for Double Gates
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (10") w/Old Bar Pkg for Single Gates
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (8") with Old World Drop Bar
- Dark Bronze Thumb Latch (10") with Old World Drop Bar
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A Note About Gate Stops
If you're having a new gate built, be sure your gate provider makes and installs a gate stop for your gate. Gate stops prevent hinge, latch, and gate damage and prolong gate life.
What is a gate stop? Gate stops are typically made of wood running the entire length of the gate. They are attached to the jamb or post in such a way that prevents the latch bar/hinges/gate from taking the force of the gate closing (instead the gate stop takes the force).
If you don't have a gate stop on your gate, you need one! We do offer a coordinating gate stop of bronze that can be installed after gate installation (if a wooden gate stop has not been installed).
About This Bronze Hardware
This bronze hardware contains 90% copper and 10% tin. When it first leaves the mold, the hardware is copper-penny colored. Next, the pieces are patina’d dark bronze. Finally, the hardware has an exterior-grade dark bronze-colored wax applied to it that adds to its weather- and wear-resistance. Bronze ages gracefully and may change in appearance due to varying environmental conditions. The wax helps maintain the color of the hardware for the long term under most conditions. On items like gate latches and door handles where your hand comes in contact with the material regularly: we’ve seen over time that the oils on your skin will slowly wear down the wax where the skin contacts the metal. On all other items where skin doesn’t come in contact with the hardware, you should see dark bronze coloration for the long term.
How does this hardware hold up to the elements?
When submitted to a salt-water chamber test, this hardware began to patina at the 16-hour-mark, versus 10-hours for other name-brand, high end bronze products. A client recently wrote that this hardware installed on an waterfront boathouse two years ago looks slightly darker and shinier than the original, but looks otherwise exceptional.
The bottom line is: this hardware is the perfect choice for oceanfront, waterfront, and coastal installations.
To read about the ways you can care for your bronze hardware, see our Bronze Care page.
We have everything you need to replace your old Fence and Gate Hardware
If you have a Wooden Gate or need a Replacement Latch, we offer Gate Latches, Deadbolt Latches, Gate Hinges, Hinge Fronts, and other Ornamental Gate Hardware. We've also combined many of our products into gate hardware sets and value packages.
Our Wooden Gate Latches selection offers something for everyone. If Antique Gate Closures are your style, we carry Cast Iron Hardware and Iron Gate Latches that look like historic and more traditional gate latches. Even better, there are now Aluminum Gate Latches--in the same styles as the antique gate latches--which are rust-resistant and suitable for coastal areas. Our line of Cast Bronze Gate Latches: durable, substantial, and that will age gracefully with no rusting over time. We’ve recently introduced our own collection of Contemporary and Modern gate latches made from stainless steel and rust-resistant aluminum. These latches are all spring-loaded for excellent function, as well as designed to fit the more contemporary style. A few of the latches we offer are versatile in their styling, so they can be used at homes with traditional, antique, contemporary, Japanese, or Spanish aesthetics.
Outdoor gate hardware falls into several types of gate latches: thumb latches, ring latches, lever latches, and bolt latches. Each operates slightly differently and brings a different aesthetic to your gate hardware installation. The categories of gate latches include spring loaded, bolt latches, and gravity latches.
We discuss all of these factors and more at our informational blog entry titled Gate Latch Information Series.