Not Fade Away
Legge: Architectural levers, latches and locks
Legge’s collection of levers and latches feature some of the simplest and most complex designs. From the uncomplicated tubular mortice latch to the highly engineered BS Kitemarked 5-lever lock, Legge has a lever, latch or lock to meet your needs.
Legge’s range of products includes platform lever locks and platform latches and bathroom locks which are all suitable to bolt through furniture fixings, as well as tubular latches that are suitable for sprung lever furniture. Nightlatches and rim locks are also designed for contemporary, period and traditional domestic applications and come with a 5-year guarantee.
One of Michael Frayn’s mid-century Guardian columns casts a corporate marketer’s successive product launches as an Old Testament genealogy. And Oho begat Fub, and Fub begat Guf, and Guf begat Swiz, and Swiz begat twelve million pounds. It’s viciously funny stuff, and also — alas! — hopelessly dated. When did you last see a UK business from outside the City of London going confidently forth to multiply?
Legge, a venerable Midlands lockmaker, was still innovating a generation or so ago. But its 1988 takeover by Newman Tonks marked the beginning of a complex series of buyouts and divestitures that have reduced it, decade by decade, to a shell brand cranking out rehashes of popular lines.
Dissolution is surely imminent. Allegion, the latest in a succession of faceless holding companies, doesn’t even bother to display the Legge logo on its site. Still, the brand deserves better than this vapid placeholder. We read up on company history — on a third-party site, natch — to produce this version. It’s an improvement, even if it is a bit ‘something for all the family’.
Legge: A legacy of security
For more than a century, Legge products have set the standard for reliable, affordable security equipment through a combination of innovation, accessibility and rock-solid engineering. The present Legge range extends from period-accurate nightlatches built to a pattern that Dickens would have recognized to BSI-certified five-lever locks of the most recent design. In short, Legge has the lock for you… whatever your security needs.