This replacement drop catch is for flap over handbags. It is antique brass coloured and the approximate dimensions of the female part are 28mm x 21mm.
This range of replacement parts is useful for practically minded people, who have a broken handbag they do not want to part with and who do not have a saddler or luggage repairer in their neighbourhood.
If you have any queries about the suitability of this luggage spare, please call +44 1494 775577 and ask to speak to Paul.
Check that the back plate is compatible with the existing front plate.
We would unstitch a seam and fix the plate but you might find it easier to cut the lining. This can be very neat if executed correctly.
Once you have made a neat cut inside the lining, you will probably see the patch that covers the back of the catch, peel this off.
The next step is to lift the legs of the broken clasp (sometimes there are screws instead. Take the backplate off and release the broken clasp.
Once the old clasp is off, offer the new one up and mark the holes required for the spikes on the front panel. If you are happy with the position, make the holes (I use a small blade) and push the new clasp on.
Put the backplate on (I have pushed the spikes right through the lining and held it all in place with the back plate but its your choice) and bend the spikes over, to trap the backplate (and possibly lining) in position.
Patch the backplate with a piece of material or stitch it up (I have had great results with some thin leather and double sided tape on the backplate).