NEWS UPDATE (MARCH 2023) – We are delighted to have our Neat Elite Locks and Neat Elite large Hinges used for bespoke presentation boxes – created by Sapfinefurniture.com – and featuring in the John Wick 4 film.
Our Neat Elite 22 Jewelry Box Lock is the only solid brass full mortise box lock on the market. We have improved the Neat Elite by adding an even smoother locking action, with the NEW ball-bearing pressure system. The lock is super easy to fit with streamline casing and offers a NEW logo Personalisation option*. So not only does this lock look amazing and require less material removal, but you don’t have to square up the case mortise ends prior to fitting. It is far superior in quality to the plated ones available and once fitted has a very clean neat look. This is a precision made, full mortise jewelry box lock. We love the lock mechanism, and it still retains a very satisfying click on opening and closing. So, don’t risk your plating flaking or use a weaker base material for locks on your perfect boxes. Instead, buy the ultimate jewelry box lock directly from us, here on-line. Why not read some of our box lock reviews below and find out for yourself the difference that quality box hardware can make to your finished pieces. If you have already experienced the positive outcomes then we would love to hear from you, so please send us a review either by Trustpilot or through our website.
Our jewelry box lock brass – Neat Elite 22 – is ideally paired with either the Large Neat Hinge or medium Neat Elite Box Hinge. We also stock Metal Thread escutcheons and spare keys. Please go to our sister website’s gallery, Hawthorne Fine Boxes , and view some of the bespoke boxes that include the Neat Box Lock and Neat Box Hinges. Here you can view our quality hardware on the most amazing boxes.
Designed and manufactured in-house by us in Northern Ireland (UK), our jewelry box lock brass is solid brass polished to a mirror-like finish. The lock strike plates, the lock casing and the key are all created from this robust metal. The main casing is 5mm thick and has been rounded at each end so not only do you have less material to remove, you also don’t need to square-up the mortise ends before fitting. Our Neat Box Lock plates are 8mm wide x 76mm long +/- 0.01mm – plate thickness 3mm +/- 0.03mm x an overall lock depth of 26.5mm (case depth 23.5mm). Distance to pin is 16mm. We supply each lock with 2 sets of screws and one elegant brass key.
SHAPER TOOLS – our hardware templates for large neat elite hinges, standard/small neat elite hinges, neat elite lock and thread escutcheon are now available on the ShaperHub at Shapertools.com.
Background to the Neat Elite Slim Lock
In 2012 Ian Hawthorne set himself the task to produce a box lock that was –
- Easy to fit.
- Had a great solid action.
- With a mirror polished finish.
The Neat Lock has evolved over the years from its first manufacture in 2012 to the latest revision which is now the Neat Elite 22 Lock, on sale from 2022, and manufactured at our own premises in Northern Ireland (UK).
Ideally you should wear gloves when working with the brass hardware, or you may well tarnish it and leave smudges and/or fingerprints. If your lock and/or hinges tarnish we suggest removing the hardware from the box and giving them a gentle wipe with brasso wadding. Then buff lightly with a clean, soft cloth to get back the sheen. When fitting them back onto the box just remember to wear a pair of disposable gloves, to refrain from touching the brass again. If you can’t get the hardware off, you can try adding a fine border of masking tape before applying the brasso wadding. (Take care not to apply wadding to any other parts of your box).
We are delighted to have our Neat Elite Locks and Neat Elite Hinges used for bespoke presentation boxes – created by Sapinefurniture.com – and featuring in the John Wick 4 film.
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*Personalisation Option – add your logo on either or both strike plates, and/or the lock body. Simply supply your logo and/or text. There is a set-up charge and a minimum order quantity of 5 required. Please contact us for more details.
Roy Genung –
Love those well made locks and hinges ! Please keep making them !
Roy in Alberta
Thanks Roy – always a pleasure dealing with you folks in Canada 🙂
Quick shipping over the pond great social media presence and a superior product.
Thanks Thomas 🙂 Glad you like the Neat Elite Locks and threaded escutcheons.
Graham Roberts –
Top quality. The brass hinges and box lock look great and having taken delivery they feel of the expected high quality. Also received excellent customer service whilst the order was in transit so completely happy.
Thank you Graham (Dubai). So glad you are happy with everything and look forward to getting some images of your completed box soon ? Happy Boxmaking!
Nice piece of engineering. Next day delivery too. Excellent
Thanks Richard. Glad you liked your Neat Elite box lock and our prompt customer service too – Happy Boxmaking!
Superb quality and excellent customer service as always. These guys really know good hardware (they ought to!) always first class.
Thank you Callum (Scotland) glad you like the Neat Elite Hinges and Neat Elite Locks as well as the quality Precision Catches. Your boxes are amazing and we look forward to doing more business with you in the future 🙂
Tony Vincent –
Excellent product and very good service.
Thanks Tony (England) you are indeed a gentleman and we’re glad you like the Neat Elite Hinge and Lock – they’re quite the team!
Saeed BinButti –
I have a question do i need a frame for the lock hole as my box is made of leather i love this product i just need to know apart from the hinges do i need the lock frame .. thanks
Hi – you might find a threaded escutcheon useful whether a wooden or leather box. Please consider how you will fit the leather around the escutcheon. We do not have any experience of working with leather boxes so please keep in touch and let us know how this goes for you. Best – the Fine Box Hardware Team