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US2568592A
US2568592A US673566A US67356646A US2568592A US 2568592 A US2568592 A US 2568592A US 673566 A US673566 A US 673566A US 67356646 A US67356646 A US 67356646A US 2568592 A US2568592 A US 2568592A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
    • A47B47/00Cabinets, racks or shelf units, characterised by features related to dismountability or building-up from elements
    • A47B47/02Cabinets, racks or shelf units, characterised by features related to dismountability or building-up from elements made of metal only
    • A47B47/03Cabinets, racks or shelf units, characterised by features related to dismountability or building-up from elements made of metal only with panels separate from the frame
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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    • Y10S292/68Locker latches
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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Sept. 18, 1951 J. B. OCONNOR 2,568,592
- HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES Filed May 51, 1946 6 Sheets-Sheet 1 Sgpt. 18, 1951 .1. B. OCO'NNOR 2,568,592
HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES 6 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed May 51, 1946 Sept, 18, 1951 J. B. O'CONNOR HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES 6 Sheets-Sheet 5 7 Filed May 31, 1946 J. B. O'CONNOR HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES 6 Sheets-Sheet 4 Sept. 18, 1951 Filed May 51, 194
Sept. 18, 1951 J. B. OCONNOR 2,568,592
HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES Filed May 31, 1946 6 Sheets-Sheet 5 376 l ma Z93 295 W I "WT "mn" u:.WIIIIHHHH- i Sept. 18, 1951 J. B. OJCONNOR HANDLE FOR I LOCKER LATCHES Filed May 51, 1946 6 Sheets-Sheet 6 Patented Sept. 18, 1951 HANDLE FOR LOCKER LATCHES John B. OConnor, Aurora, 111., assignor to Lyon Metal Products, Incorporated, Aurora, 111., a corporation of Illinois Application May 31, 1946, Serial No. 673,566
Claims. (01. 29287) This invention relates to metal lockers.
Among the objects of the present invention is to provide a new hinged door construction for the metal locker and also to provide a new type of locking device for the door, which includes a substantially flush type handle and associated locking means of simple construction, economical in manufacture and eflicient in operation.
Another object of the invention resides in a new construction of handle for a locker adapted centrally to receive a locker number plate.
Yet another object of the invention resides in providing a locking device for a metallic locker which is of a construction to permit the door to be snap locked on closing and yet which look can be released by a shifting movement of the handle construction and which construction also includes a permanent locking feature so as to preclude the unlocking of the door when once intentionally locked.
Another object of the invention is to provide a flush type locker handle for a locker which has the following objects in its construction: It is less hazardous than a projecting type of handle; the flush type handle laps the face of the door, thereby concealing the slot in the face of the door in which the handle is mounted; the handle cover plate forms a recess at the side of the handle to accommodate the fingers for raising the handle to unlatch the door; the inside of the handle is smooth and the entire handle, including the handle cover plate, moves in operation, thereby eliminating possible injury to the fingers of the operator; the handle cover plate is embossed detachably to receive the number plate and the embossing is so constructed that the number plate is held in place in a manner that prevents its inadvertent removal; the handle rides on small embossments formed on the face of the door, whereby to eliminate friction; the handle is symmetrical about its vertical center line and thereby can be used on either rightor left-handed swinging doors; so also the cover can be made either right-handed or left-handed; the resilient bumpers on the top and bottom of the handle opening formed in the door provide the silent operation of the handle; steel pins welded to the handle cover plate actuate the locking bar; these pins floating horizontally in the apertures provided in the locking bar allow the handle to operate freely.
These and other objects of the invention will be apparent from a perusal of the following specification when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of an assembled locker;
Figure 2 shows a similar view with the door open;
Figure 3 shows the various parts of the sheet metal members making up the locker;
Figure 4 is a side sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 1;
Figure 5 is a section taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 4;
Figure 6 is a view, partly broken away, of the handle and locking mechanism thereof;
Figure 1 is a sectional view taken on the line 7-! of Figure 6;
Figure 8 is a sectional view taken on the line 8-8 of Figure 6;
Figure 9 is a perspectiveview of the various parts of the handle and locking mechanism;
Figure 10 is a section taken on the line I 0l0 of Figure 1;
Figure 11 is a perspective view of the hinge of the locker door;
Figure 12 is a perspective view of the double locker door;
Figure 13 is a sectional view on line l3-|3 of Figure 12;
Figure 14 is a plan section taken on line I 4-l4 of Figure 12;
Figure 15 is a perspective view of the shelf supporting member;
Figure 16 is a perspective view showing a sloping top attachment for the cabinet;
Figure 17 is a sectional view taken on the line l1|'l of Figure 16 Figure 18 is a section on line l8-IB of Figure 16;
Figure 19 is a perspective view of a modified form of sloping top construction; and
Figure 20 is a section taken on the line 20-20 of Figure 1.9.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, and particularly with reference to Figure 1, it will be noted that the locker comprises a front frame member of integral construction which includes the two vertical angle iron side pieces 2 and 4, the integral bottom cross angle 6 and. the top cross angle 8. The cross bars 6 and 8 are preferably united by Welding. The two side angles 2 and 4 extend downwardly at their lower ends to provide the integrally formed feet 10 and I2. Suitably attached to the front upstanding vertical frame members 2 and 4 as at M and I6, as by rivets or self-tapping screws or by bolts and nuts, is a side panel 20 formed of sheet metal. The marginal flange portion I8 of this panel 20 3 underlies the angle portion 24 of the vertical angle iron 2. Similarly another side panel 26 has a forward flanged portion 28 which is fixed to and lies beneath a corresponding side flange of the vertical corner bar 4. A sheet metal back 34 has right angle flanges 36 and 38 which are fastened to the side panel 20 and 26, the side panels having flange portions 40 and 42 overlying the back panel 34. The top 44 is provided with four border flanges 46, 48, 50 and 52 which are fastened to the side and rear panels in any suitable manner, as by bolts and nuts 53. The top depending flange 46 is not bolted or fastened to the top cross bar 8 of the door frame. However its bottom edge 45 rests upon an inwardly extending integral flange 9 of the top frame, as shown in Figure 4. The other side wall portions of the top are affixed to the side and back panels.
In the same manner a sheet metal bottom 58 is provided with depending-flanges 60, 62, and two similar flanges on the other side, not shown in Figure 3. The front depending flange 60 of thisbottom 58 lies inwardly of the front face of the bottom cross angle 6 and its bottom edge lies upon an inwardly extending horizontal flange 1 of the bottom cross bar 6, as shown in Figure 4. The other flanges of the bottom are bolted as at 64 and 66 and 68 to the side and rear panels of the locker. The locker preferably includes an intermediate shelf 10 having depending flanges 12, 14, 16 and a flange, not shown, opposite the flange 14. The front depending flange 12 has an inwardly and upwardly bent tongue 89 for finish and the side flange 1 i and its opposite one termihate as at 82, short of the rear depending flange 16, so as to clear the two flange walls 86 and 38 of the rear panel 34. The shelf 10 is bolted as at 86 and 88 to the two side panels and 26. If desired, hooks 60, 02 and 94 may be attached to the back walls at 96 and 08 or to the side panels or to the depending side flanges 14 of the shelf 10. Thus there is provided a rectangular structure formed of the panels and the front rigid frame members 2, 4, 6 and 8.
The front frame member comprises legs I0 and I2 while the rear legs are formed by a pair of relatively short corner angle uprights I00 which are adequately bolted to the corners of the side and back panels 20, 26 and 34, as shown in Figures 4 and 5.
Preferably the bottoms of the legs I8, I2 and I00 are provided with adjustable legs comprising the slotted, angularly shaped corner pieces which pass through the slots thereof and through registering perforations in one of the flanges of the legs to provide adjustment, see Figures 4 and 5.
Cooperating with the integral door frame member 2, 4, 6 and 8 of the locker, and which member is shown in Figure 3, is a door member I62 of sheet metal, also shown in Figure 3. This door member has an upper, inwardly extending horizontal flange I84 and a bottom inwardly extending horizontal flange I06, see Figure 2. In addition, at its front right hand side it is provided with an elongated rectangular opening I08. It likewise has a front vertical inwardly extending flange I I0 which in turn, as shown in Figure 2, is provided with an inwardly extending short flange I I2 that parallels the plane of the door I02. This flange H2 is spaced from the plane of the door H02. The opposite vertical edge of the door is provided with an inwardly extending flange H4,
see Figure 10, which in turn has a right angled, relatively shorter flange H6 that preferablylies parallel to and substantially in the plan of the flange II2. A pair of hinged leaves IE8 are spot welded as at I26 to the upper vertical door frame 4. In addition, another pair of leaves I22 is bolted as at I24 to the vertical flange I I l. The end I26 of each of the leaves I22 is bent around the flange H6 and terminates in a short flange I28 that covers the vertical end of the flange I I6. These hinge members are formed as shown in Figure 11 and a pivot pin I30 passes through the spaced loops of the hinges and after they are assembled the pin is held in position by means of the indents I32 and I34 formed in portions of the barrels of the leaves I I0 whereby to hold the hinges assembled. This is a type of hidden hinge that covers the raw edge of the flange I I8 and lies flush with the front flange of angle 4 of the framework.
At the opening I08 of the door I02 the bottom wall is provided with an integral, inwardly extending tab or ear I36, see Figure 7. The upper wall is likewise provided with an inwardly extending ear I38. Both of these ears are perforated as at I to receive the shank of a rubber bumper I42 and I44, respectively, see Figures 8 and 9.
* zontal portion I48. This slot is therefore in a manner like an inverted L-shaped slot. As shown in Figure 2, the bottom portion of the flange H2 likewise has a vertical slot I46 and a horizontal connecting slot I48 and if desired there may be still a third similar slot I49 intermediate the two other slots. These slots are adapted to engage keepers I50, I52 and I54 formed on the stationary door frame. One of these keepers is shown in Figure 8 andcomprises a relatively heavy metal gauge strap comprising the relatively short portion I56 welded to the inner face of flange 4. The keeper also has a right angled, bent portion I58, a second bent portion I60 which lies at right angles to the portion I58, and thence a free tongue I62 bent at right angles to the portion I60. This free tongue is formed in turn with a latching tongue I64 that overlies the top edge of the tongue I62 and is bevelled as at I66. It provides a looking face I68 opposite the bevelled face I66.
Cooperating with the front of the door I02 and particularly with the flanges H0 and H2 thereof and forming a substantially open-faced rectangular vertical guideway, is a vertically extending, channel-shaped member or bar I10 of sheet metal which is provided with, parallel,
' spaced apart sides I12 and I14, see Figure 9.
This channel-shaped bar or member I10 moves vertically in the guideway formed by the rear face of the front of the door I02, by the normally disposed flange II 0 thereof and the back flange II2 of the door, which flange I I2 is integral with flange H0 and disposed normally thereto. The channel bar I10 carries affixed to it and movable bodily with it a vertically disposed, rectangular, box-like housing of sheet metal comprising a vertically extending rear panel I18, a lower horizontal inwardly extending flange [80, a vertical side flange I82, a vertical parallel wall I83 on the opposite side, and a top flange I84. The vertical side flange I82 is provided with an outwardly extending vertical lip 86 and the opposite wall of this box-like member is attached to channel bar I10 by means of screws, or'preferably steel pins I88 and I90 welded to the vertical wall I83 of the vertical housing. If screws are used for attaching the housing, the latter is rigidly attached to the vertically movable channel member I18. On the other hand, if the pins I88 and I98 are welded to the vertical wall I83 of the housing, these pins then merely engage the vertical channel member through horizontally elongated slots I89 and I9I, see Figures 8 and 10. This pin and slot connection allows the pins to float horizontally in these slots but does not allow the pins to disengage the vertical channel member I18, due to the fact that the housing structure is held to the vertical channel member I18 by means of a handle, see Figure 9. The handle is attached to the housing structure by means of three screws so that the handle cannot move horizontally away from the vertical channel member I18 but can travel only'vertically as it rides in the slot in the faceof the door. This permits the handle to operate freely and permits ease of alignment and assembly. In addition, there is a horizontal partition I92 which is welded or otherwise suitably fixed to the rear wall I18. In addition, the rear wall I18 is depressed slightly outwardly to provide a rectangular shaped recess I94 and the upper edge of this recessed portion of wall I18 is slotted all the way through as at I96 to form a channel for receiving a numeral ticket I98 which slides down in position and carries suitable indicia thereon, as shown in Figure 6, thereby giving the locker a number.
A cast aluminum or other metal handle member, shown in Figure 9, is provided. This comprises a vertically extending front plate 288 provided with an elongated, central, preferably rectangular opening 284 and two side pillars 286 and 288. At the top and back, these side legs or pillars terminate in a horizontal, inwardly eX- tending flange 2) which is perforated and threaded as at 2 I2 and 2I4. In addition, the legs are joined at the bottom by means of a flange 2I6 having a centrally depending lug provided with a horizontal perforation which is threaded as at 2I8. The bottom front plate 288 extends downwardly as at 228 below the lower horizontal extending flange 2I6. The posts 286 and 288 at the junction of the flange 2I6 are slotted as at 222 and 224 so as to receive therein the cross flange I92 of the housing I18 and the ends of the flange I92 are shouldered as at I93 so as to fit into these slots 222 and 224, whereby the handle plate 288 fits within the side wall I82 and the opposed side wall I83 of the box-like structure, and whereby the handle plate is held or secured to the housing I18 by the cross flange I92 fitting in the slots 222 and 224 and three screws threaded into the handle flanges 2I8 and 2I6 through the box-like structure, so that when the hand of the user of the locker enters the opening of the handle and raises the same, the box-like housing or structure I18 and the elongated channel member I18 will be carried thereby and will be raised relatively to its guide formed by the door I82, and the flanges H8 and H2.
As shown in Figure 9, the front wall of the channel bar I18 is provided with a lower cut-out horizontal leg 226 and a conjoined vertical cutout leg 228 of a locking slot and, in addition, thereabove there is another vertical slot 238 which merges into an enlarged horizontal leg 232. Suitably welded to the front wall of the channel bar I18, as at 234, 236 and 238, is a plate-like member 248 which is provided with a slot 242 which includes a relatively narrow neck portion 244 terminating in a substantially circular head 246. The bottom portion of the slot 242 flares out wider at its bottom, as shown. A locking pin 248 lies in this slot and has a head 258 which lies in the the circular portion 246 so that the pin lies flush with the inner surface of the plate 240. A struck-up tab 252 overlies the shank 248 of this pin and holds it firmly in its seat in the slotted plate. The bottom portion of this plate is bent laterally out of the plane of the remainder of the plate, such as at 254, so that it is clear of the pin. The bottom of the pin is free and lies in the broad portion 232 of the upper slot just described.
The bottom 231 of the pin 244 normally lies below the lip portion of the horizontal slot I48 in the flange portion II2 of the door. This corresponds to the downmost position of the bar I18 and its box-like structure and handle portion 286. In this position, when the door is closed, the tongue I64 on the stationary frame will enter the horizontal leg I48 of the notch and the bevel portion I66 of this tongue will contact the free bottom portion 236 of the vertical pin and will shift it to one side in such a manner that the pin will wipe over the bevelled portion I66 and will move behind the locking face I 68 of the tongue whereby the door will be locked to the framework. This is the snap lock feature of the door. To release the same it is necessary then to push up on the handle portion, which means that the channel member I18 is likewise pushed upwardly, which then carries the plate 248 and the pin 2 48 mounted thereon vertically upwardly so that the bottom portion of the pin. will be raised above the top edge or face of the tongue I64 to free the pin from locking engagement with the face I68 of the tongue. In this position the door is unlocked and may be swung to open position.
Means is provided for maintaining the channel member I18 in its guideway, see Figure 10, which comprises an inwardly struckout locking lug or tit 258 on the wall II2 of the guideway which engages the lower or retaining slot 226-228 on the face I18 of the shiftable bar, see Figure 10. The L-shaped slot 226-228 cooperates with this lug 258 in such a manner that when the vertical channel bar I18 is inserted into the guideway the horizontal portion 226 of the slot first registers with the locking lug 258 and then when the vertical portion 228 of the slot is aligned with the lug 258 the bar I 18 is dropped so that the lug 258 thereafter engages only the vertical slot portion 228, whereby the bar I18 is then in assembled position. It will be noted that the horizontal portion 226 of the slot passes entirely through the metal of the front face of the bar I18 and also forms a cutout portion 289 in the side flange I12, thereby permitting the tit 258 to pass into the slot from the side of the bar.
Means is provided for locking the door which comprises a Vertical slot 268 formed in wall I14 of the bar I18, the lower inner face of this wall I14 below the slot 26 having welded thereto a strip of metal 262, the upper end of which is bent outwardly through the bottom of the slot as at 264 to provide an outwardly extending horizontal ledge or stop on the side wall I14 of the vertically shiftable channel member I18. This stop member 264 cooperates with the tongue or latch 266 of a lock 268 fastened as at 218 and 212 on the inner face of the door I82, see Figure 9. A key operated member 214 will project the latch 266 of the lock outwardly to engage the slot 268 and the ledge 264, so that the channel member I70 cannot be raised to release the latch I68 from the bottom 236 of the rod.
It will be noted that the rubber stops I42 and I44 are provided above and below the receptacle handle plate 266 so as to provide a sound-deadening and cushioning meansfor this handle.
From the foregoing, it will be apparent that I have provided an improved construction wherein, as shown in Figures 7 and 8, the hereinbefore described construction provides a flush type of handle which is much less hazardous in use than a projecting type of handle. It will also be noticed that this flush type of handle overlies or overlaps the face of the door opening, thereby concealing the slot in the door which is necessary for the insertion of the handle. In addition, the handle cover plate 200 forms with the upper and lower flanges 210 and 2| 6 to accommodate the fingers for raising the handle to unlatch the door, and the inside of the handle is smooth. The entire handle, including the handle cover plate, is constructed and arranged to travel when operated so that there is no possibility of the operators injuring his fingers in opening and closing the door, the fingers being completely encased in a housing which is free of moving parts. In addition, the handle cover plate is embossed and slotted at the top and not at the bottom so as to receive a number plate which is thereby held in place in a manner which does not permit its easy removal. Furthermore, by reference to Figure 6, it will be noticed that the front wall of the door, just below and above the opening, as shown in Figure 3 and also in Figure 9 at 239, is provided with small embossments on its outer face upon which slidingly rides the inner wall of the handle cover plate whereby to eliminate friction and protect the finish. Furthermore, the handle cover plate is symmetrically formed about a vertical center line and thereby can be used on either right-handed or left-handed swinging doors. In addition, the bumper members I42 and M4 at the top and bottom of the handle opening of the door provide silent operation of the handle mechanism.
In Figures 12 to 15 inclusive, a modification of the locker construction is shown. In this construction the locker is provided with a vertical series of compartments, each provided with its own door and each door having a locking construction identical with that previously described. In providing the multicompartment lockers, a detachable support member 2'56, see Figure 15, is provided. This support member has the outwardly, rearwardly extending arms 278 and 286 which are suitably perforated to receive bolts.
The forward portion of this partition member 2'35 is substantially flat'and is cut away, as at 282 and 284, to avoid the front portions of the front frame members 2 and 4'. In this construction these front frame members are provided with slotted portions 286 and 268, see Figure 14, which receive the corner portions of the support portion 216 formed by the cutouts-282 and 284 whereby the front edge 296 is supported at 286 and 288 and whereby the. rear edge of the member 276 is supported by the bolts 292 and 294 which engage the side panels 20 and 26. It will be noted that the side panels and the rear panel 34 in this construction extend the entire height of the multidoored locker. The support member 216, as shown in Figure 13, has an inwardly and downwardly extending interior flange 236. A horizontal partition member and shelf 298 having side depending flanges iitq and a front depending flange 364 and (ill a rear dependin flange 306, is provided. The
flange 364 of thispartition above the flange296r and flange 296 of the front partition member 276 act as a stop for the bottom and .top edges respectively of the upper and lower doors. In the multiple tier type locker, the doors are fitted with looks but not handles.
In Figures .16 to20 I have shown modifications of the structure wherein a slanting or sloping top attachment 3 I4 is provided. This sloping top is preferably designed as a separate unit that may be attached to any flat top locker of similar size, or if the locker is purchased with a sloping topand later the user prefers a flat top, the sloping top may be removed. As shown, this top member 3 [4 has lateral depending flanges 316 on opposite sides, and has a. rear vertical wall 3|! having two rear flanges 3 I 8, only one being shown,
which are bolted to opposite triangular side .pieces 320 as by means of the bolts 324 and 326. If desired, these may be spot welded. In addition, the bottom portions of these two side members 320 and the rear wall, are bolted as at 3-28 and 330 to the top edge of the side panels 26 and 26,
and as at 33'! to the top edge of the rear panel 34. The lower edges 332 of these side triangular members 326 are disposed inside of the top edges 344 of the side panels 20 and 26. The top frame member, see Figures 18 and 19, has a horizontal portion '9 disposed at right angles to the vertical portion 8 of the frame member and the lower end of a front flange 334 of top 3I4 rests upon this horizontal flange 9 and against the vertical portion 8. The rear lower corner of each of the tri-' angular portions 323 is cut away as at 336, see
Figure 21, to allow the sloping top to be easily inserted into the top of the locker. In addition, these triangular side members 326 are slitted and are provided with three preferably outwardly bent ears 338, 340 and 342, which are bent slightly outwardly and overlie the upper edge 344 of the side panel 26, whereby these side panels 320 have portions straddling the upper edge of the side portion 23, see Figure 19.
In the construction shown in Figures 16, 17 and 18, which possibly is a preferred construction,
instead of providing the .sides of the .top with.
slotted integral lugs 338, 340 and 342, I secure gauge clips 356 and 352, see Figure 16, to each of the opposite side members 326 and to the rear member 3H, as bywelding or spot welding, see Figure 1'7. Preferably these clips are of 24-gauge sheet metal and are preferably spot welded to each of the side and rear members as by the spot welds 358 and 366. These clip-s have downwardly projecting portions 362 and 364 which are adapted to project outside of the top edge of the side por-.
tions 32.0 of the cabinet exactly in the manner shown in Figures 1'7 and 18, while the downwardly projecting portions of the clips secured to the.
rear member .3 II project between the rear flange of the top 44 and the rear panel 34 of the locker. The frontflange or skirt 334 of the top,
as shown in Figure. 18, will rest on the hora.
izontal flange 9 and against the vertical flange 8 of the top portion. The skirt 332 will lie inside of the top edge of the two side members 320. In short, except for the manner of forming the gauge clips separately and then welding them onto the side members of the top, the construction of Figures 16 to 18 are identical to the construction of Figures 19 and 20. In any instance it will be appreciated that by means of the foregoing construction a cabinet may be sold with either a flat top or with a sloping top.
It will thus be seen that I have provided a cabinet door having a substantially flush, manually actuatable handle which projects through an opening in the door, the handle plate having upper and lower portions overlying the' opening but lying substantially flush with the outer surface of the door and which handle is shiftable vertically, when unlocked, to raise and lower the latching mechanism with respect to the stationary keeper formed on the door frame, the construction being such that the door will snap to with a snap lock and will require a manual actuation of the door handle to release the door for opening, and yet will permit of the door being locked by a manually thrown bolt which will prevent the release-of the snap locking mechanism. It will be seen that the foregoing provides a very simple type of door consrtuction and locking mechanism therefor for accomplishing the foregoing objects and providing a door of the foregoing advantages.
Obviousl the invention is not limited to the specific details of construction disclosed herein but is capable of other modifications and changes without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
1. In a cabinet having a door and a lock mechanism shiftably mounted on the rear of the door, said door having an aperture therein, a handle having forward laterally extending plate-like marginal portions overlying the front face of the door about the edges of the aperture in the door and having rearwardly extending portions extending through the aperture in the door, said handle being connected with the lock mechanism, said handle being shiftable in said aperture and relatively to said door to operate the lock mechanism.
2. In a cabinet having a door provided with an aperture and a locking mechanism shiftably mounted on the rear of the door, a housing connected to said locking mechanism and registering with the aperture in'the door, a handle having its outwardly extending portions slidingly overlying the front face of the door about the edges of the aperture of the door, said handle extending through said aperture and rigidly connected with said housing for actuating the locking mechanism from the front of the door, said handle having an opening therein registering with the aperture in the door and closed at its inner end by said housing whereby the fingers may be inserted through said opening in the handle and will be confined by the housing whereby to prevent injury to the fingers of the user in opening the door.
3. In a locker having an apertured door and a locking mechanism mounted on the rear of the door for shiftable movement, a handle mounted on the front of the door and connecting with said locking mechanism through an aperture in the door, and anti-friction means associated with the 10 inner wall of said handle and the outer wall of said door for maintaining the handle slightly spaced away from'the front wall of the door to prevent scratching of the outer finish of the door while permitting the handle to shift relatively to said door.
4. In a locker having an apertured door and a locking mechanism mounted on the rear of the door for shiftable movement, a handle mounted on the front of the door and connecting with said locking mechanism through an aperture in the door, and outwardly extending bosses formed on said door adapted glidingly to contact the inner side of the handle whereby on movement of the handle said bosses contacting with the handle maintain the handle slightly spaced from the outer surface of the door to prevent scratching and friction.
5. A handle assembly for use with a cabinet door having an aperture therein and locking mechanism shiftably mounted on the rear of the door; and comprising a shiftable handle mounted on the front of the door and having a portion projecting through the aperture in the door and connecting with the locking mechanism to shift the same upon movement of the handle, said handle at the front of the door having an opening therethrough, and a housing structure shiftable with said handle and closing the opening therethrough and the aperture at the rear face of the door and having the inner wall thereof provided ,with means ada ted to receive and position indicia to be viewed through the opening in said handle.
6. A handle assembly for use with a cabinet door having a guideway along one edge thereof to shiftablv receive locking mechanism therein and an opening therethrough adjacent the guideway; and comprising a handle mounted in the opening of the door and having a plate-like portion extending at the front of the door over the edges of the opening and a further portion extending through the opening in the door rearwardly thereof and connecting with the locking mechanism. said handle having a finger-receiving aperture registering with the opening in the door, and means connected to the handle and extending substantially back of the rear face of the door for closing the rear of the aperture in said handle.
7. A handle assembly for use with a cabinet door having a vertical marginal guideway to shiftably receive locking mechanism therein and an aperture adiacent the guideway, and comprising a handle having a plate-like portion extending over the front face of the door about the edges of the aperture therein and having a portion projecting through the aperture in the door and rearwardly of the door, said handle having an opening therethrough accessible from the front of the door, and a box-like housing closing the rear of said opening, said box-like housing being connected to the locking mechanism and shiftable with said handle on vertical movement of the same in the aperture through the door.
8. A handle assembly for use with a cabinet door having a vertical marginal guideway to shiftably receive locking mechanism therein and an aperture adjacent the guideway, and comprising a handle having a plate-like portion extending over the front face of said door about the edges of said aperture and having a portion projecting through the aperture in the door and rearwardly of the door, said handle having an opening therethrough accessible from the front of the door, a box-like housing closing the'rear of said opening, said' box like housing being connected to the locking mechanism and shiftable with: said handle on vertical movement of said handle in the aperture in the door, and cushioning means mounted on said door in the path of movement of said vertically shiftable handle for predetermining the limits of movement of the handle and cushioning the movement of said handle as it approaches said limits.
9.'A handle assembly or use with a cabinet door having an aperture therein and locking mechanism shiftably mounted on the rear of the door; and comprising ahandle having a face portion extending forwardly of the plane of the door and of larger cross section than the aperture in the door, said handle having a portion narrower than the aperture connecting with said -face portionand passing inwardly through said aperture, saidface portion having an opening therein and registering with the aperture of the door, a finger guarding means rigidly mounted on that portion of the handle that passes'through the aperture ofthe door, said finger guarding means being of greater cross section than the opening in the handle, and means connecting said finger guarding means with said locking mechanismwhereby on relative movement of said handle plate relatively tothe aperture insaid door said locking mechanism on the rear of the door will be actuated. V r
10. A handle assembly for use with a cabinet having a door with an aperture therein, and comprising a handle member mounted in the aperture in said door and having an opening therein to receive the fingers of the user, a housing associated with said handle member closing the rear of the opening therein, the rear wall of said housing having a recess therein with a slot adapted for insertion of an'indicia-carrying member and forming a guideway adapted to position such indicia-carrying member at the rear wall of the housing to be observed through the opening in said handle member.
JOHN B. OCONNOR.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
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