I'm not a locksmith, I can't pick locks, but if you have a problem with the antique mortise lock on your pre-WWII 20s Spanish Revival or Storybook house, or earlier Victorian or Craftsman I can make it work again. I can fix the common "knob come off in my hand" problem too. Not just your front door, I can fix all your interior mortise boxes and doorknob problems too. I can typically fix other oddball hardware issue as well, including strange depression era and mid-century designs
Have other handymen or locksmiths told you "it couldn't be done?", "its unfixable?", "nobody makes parts for those anymore?" Many houses from before WWII had front door hardware chosen to compliment the style of the architecture and it would be a shame to split up a marriage that has lasted more than 70 years just because someone was unaware of how to fix it. In many cases I can even mate your existing hardware to modern Baldwin or similar mortise boxes.
Most likely the only people in L.A. who know more about this old hardware than me are dead or long since retired.
Some of the hardware I am familiar with: Yale, Russell & Erwin (Russwin), Norwalk, Sargent, Corbin, Baldwin,
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