Early icebox refrigerators were carefully designed pieces of furniture with durable hinges and handles. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a working icebox, but the latch still persists—with the same satisfying snap and tactile handle. A single icebox latch can be applied to a wardrobe or a whole set to kitchen cabinets; here are our favorites.
Above: The Richelieu Metal Ice Box Latch in chrome finish is $44.99 at Wayfair. Above: The Refrigerator Door Latch, shown in Silicon Bronze Medium, from Sun Valley Bronze is on the high end of the pricing spectrum at $518 per latch (think of it as jewelry for the home). Contact Sun Valley Bronze for ordering information. Above: From Ice Box Hardware in Wilmette, Illinois, the Traditional Ice Box Latch is made from solid billet brass. Contact Ice Box Hinges for price and ordering information. Above: The Van Dyke Restorer’s Top Knobs Cabinet Thumb Latches, shown in sable, are $17.37 each. Above: From The Golden Lion, the Ice Box Latch MI-3200 is made in France and available in polished brass (shown), polished chrome, polished nickel, and antiqued brass; $166.80. Above: Another style from Ice Box Hinges, the Moderne Ice Box Latch is a boxy, modern rendition of the traditional latch style. Contact Ice Box Hinges for price and ordering information. Above: The Traditional Icebox Latch is made from solid brass. Contact Green Bay Road for price and ordering information. Above: The Richelieu Contemporary Metal Ice Box Latch (8583) in chrome-finished metal ranges in price from $50 to $100. Contact Richelieu to order. Above: Another piece of house jewelry, the Jem Ice Offset Latch comes in a range of finishes and is 7 inches nose-to-tail; $719.97 at Horton Brasses. Above: The Cliffside Industries Icebox-Style Cabinet Latch comes in iron (IBCL-IR) , shown, and other finishes for $29.99 at Cliffside Industries.
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