The Russwin lock company was founded in 1839 and merged with another company in 1902 to form the American Hardware Corporation. We are pretty sure this is an original example. Highly ornate to both faces, edges and the keep, which is the original item. Suitable for left or right hung doors. Currently configured to fit on the left hand edge, we will reconfigure this to fit on the right hand edge if required. This is a high quality lock with multiple modes of operation including double deadlocking bolt, deadlocking latch and operable from the inside by combination of key and brass pull handle and from the outside entirely by key only. Ingenious top quality mechanism which will last at least another 100 years. If you are intending to use this antique or vintage lock on an external door that is your first line of defence against unwanted intruders then we feel we should point out that most if not all household insurance policies require a modern, secure, approved multi- lever lock in addition to your intended purchase. As a service to our customers we now supply a small selection of Brand New insurance Approved Mortise Locks In their original unopened packaging (Trade or retail packaging as available). Check out the Service Items category for more details.