I have found nobody in the USA making a heavy duty chest latch that is close to what was used in WWII on these chests. I have 2 that need some repairs - I hope to find a damaged unit (someday) that I can rob hardware from. The hardware on the 1947 pattern footlocker is close - you might be able to come close using hardware off of an old footlocker.
Good luck with your project. [
David J. Little
President, Tenth Mountain Division Living History Display Group
Secretary, Tenth Mountain Division Foundation
Board Member, Tenth Mountain Resource Center
Past Webmaster, National Association of the Tenth Mountain Division