8" Dark Bronze Thumb Latch with Old World Bar Package for Single Gate

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8" Dark Bronze Thumb Latch with Drop Bar
Package for Single Wood Gates

This solid Cast Bronze Thumb Latch pairs with an Old World 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 this drop bar.

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. Please read bronze care instructions below.

The use of a gate stop with this product is strongly recommended to protect the drop bar. A gate that slams in a strong wind can damage a bronze drop bar. The installation of a gate stop will protect the drop bar.

Bronze ages gracefully and may change in appearance due to varying environmental conditions. Bronze patina Finish will develop a wear highlight with frequency of use. When bronze is exposed to air it will tarnish quickly and turn brown. Bronze exposed to exterior elements and conditions will turn green. This discoloration is referred to as patina. This patina process starts immediately upon installation. None of these conditions are considered defects, but part of the natural beauty of ages bronze.

Package includes: 

  • 8" Dark Bronze Thumb Latch 
  • A set of 3 - 4" solid brass heavy duty ball-bearing hinges
  • One gate stop


  • Accommodates gates up to 2-1/2" thick. Extension kit can be ordered below and will accommodate gates up to 3-1/2" thick.
  • Mounting hardware included.

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"h x 3/4"w

Important: Please check that the dimensions of this gate latch will fit your particular style of gate!

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  • Dark Bronze


  • This hardware package includes three - 4" Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinges in Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish. Other options include:
  • three 4-1/2" Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball-Bearing Hinges (Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish)
  • three 5" Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball-Bearing Hinges (Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish)
  • three 4" Solid  Bronze Heavy Duty Template Hinges (same material as the latch, but smooth finish; not ball bearing)
  • three 4" Solid Bronze Heavy Duty Hinges (same material as the latch, same textured finish; not ball bearing; available with Button Tip, Ball Tip and Steeple Tip

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Technical Info

Hardware Tips

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.

Applying Wax

All bronze darkens with age, however waxing may slow the process of oxidation.

To apply the wax, you need two 1- to 2-inch paint brushes that will be used only for cleaning bronze. Do not use brushes that have been used for other purposes as chemicals may remain in the bristles and transferred to the patina finish, may cause permanent discoloration.

Start by applying a protective circle of tape around the metal ferrules that hold the bristles in the brushes you are using. This will help prevent scratching of the surface when applying the wax and when dusting.

Wipe bronze free of-any dust and fingerprints using a clean, dry, cotton cloth. Use one of the brushes to remove dust from small crevices or hard to reach places.

Use "Renaissance'' wax, or other "microcrystalline'' waxes, because they are inert and will not yellow over time. Apply to the second brush, with three or four, back and forth, sweeping strokes. Do not dab the brush in the wax. This could cause an abundance of wax to be applied to the bronze that could actually harm the patina surface. Dab the brush on the lid of the wax can to remove any excess wax. Lightly apply a super thin coat of wax to the surface of the bronze using gentle sweeping motions. Apply more wax to the brush as described, working it down into crevices.

Caution - Using too much wax may remove previous layers of wax. It is very important not to apply too much wax or work it into the surface too vigorously. Cover the entire surface with wax and let it dry according to the directions on the container.

Separate Your Brushes 

Keep your brushes separate in labeled bags, free from contaminants, for future use. Use a clean, dry, cotton cloth to gently rub, in a circular motion, the dried wax from the bronze surface until you achieve the desired sheen. To achieve a dull finish, do not rub the surface after waxing.

To achieve a better protective coating, you may want to re-apply a second coat using the same technique.

Outdoor Bronze Hardware

Outdoor bronze requires a regular maintenance program, which keeps the product surfaces clean and waxed.

Take a look at the Gate Hardware section of our blog for helpful suggestions. 


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Coastal Bronze warrants all flat goods (non-locking) to be free of defects in material and craftsmanship for five years from the original invoice date. Coastal Bronze warrants all locking goods, including locks, latches and deadbolts, to be free of defects in material and craftsmanship for 1 year from the original invoice date. In areas of high humidity or proximity to ocean, warranty is 6 months. Coastal Bronze adds a patina to all products to simulate aged bronze. Finishes will develop a wear highlight and may change color based on environment. This is not considered a defect, but part of the natural beauty of aged bronze.
Return Policy: This product can be returned in its original condition (original packaging intact, uninstalled, can be put back on the shelf directly) with a 10% restocking fee. If any effort is required to repackage or review the hardware, the restocking fee will be 25%. Customer responsible for return shipping. To initiate a return, please complete the Return Form.

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