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Publication numberUS1234847 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 31, 1917
Filing dateNov 8, 1915
Priority dateNov 8, 1915
Publication numberUS 1234847 A, US 1234847A, US-A-1234847, US1234847 A, US1234847A
InventorsMathew Woitas
Original AssigneeMathew Woitas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Alarm jewel-case.
US 1234847 A
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Application filed November 8, 1915.

To all whom t may concern.'

Be it known that I, MATHEW Worms, a subject of the Emperor of Austria, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Alarm JewelfCases, of which the following is a speciiication. i

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in alarm jewel cases.

The primary object of this invention is the provision of a case or box especially designed for holding valuables and so constructed that when the lid thereof is opened and the device elevated, .an alarm is automatically sounded, while a manually operable ralarm switch is also arranged within the box.

A` further object of the device is to provide a ewel-box haying a hinged closure lid and provided with an alarm mechanism, which may be set by the owner, so that upon opening the box an alarm will be sounded for giving notice that` an unauthorized person presumably for the purpose of stealing the contents thereof has opened the same.

It is also contemplated to provide a jewel box Ihaving an alarm that may be set for automatic actuation upon opening the box and which -will then continue sounding upon a subsequent closing thereof, the box also being arranged with means for automatically sounding the alarmupon elevating the box or lupon manually actuating the switch.

lVith these general objects in view and others that will appear as the nature of the Ainvention is better understood, the same consists in the novel combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and pointed out in the appended claim. Y

In the drawings forming a part of this application and in which like-designating characters refer to` corresponding parts throughout the several views;*.

Figure 1 is a perspective/view of the de- `vice in its open position.

Fig. 2 is a diagrammatical view of an electric circuit employed with the device.

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view through the device in its closed position.

Fig. 4 is an elevational view of the inner face of the rear wall of the box showing the Speccation of Letters atent.

Patented July 31, 191W.,

semi No. 60,307.

switch mounted thereon with the switch plate removed.

Fig. 5 is a vertical sectional view thereof with the switch platein position.

Fig. 6 is a similar view with the lid closed and the device in its set operative position.

Fig; 7 is Va similar view with the said switch in its sprung closed position.

Fig. 8 is a perspective view of the setting plate.

In carrying out the invention, a box or case 10 is provided having a false bottom or partition 11 therein and dividing the same into a containing chamber 12 adapted for receiving jewels or other valuables and a base chamber 13 for containing some of the operative mechanism; of the device. The box l0 is provided with a hinged closure lid 14 having an electric lamp 15 upon its inner side controlled by a switch 16.

The rear wall 17 of the box 10 is provided with a recess 18 within which an electric switch is positioned, the same being normally obscured from view by means of a cover plate 19, while a lining (not shown) may be provided in the box for overlying the plate 19. 'The box is preferably provided with a lock 20 and a hasp 21 is mounted upon the lid 14.

The switch within the recess 18 is in the form of a T-shaped contact member 22 provided with a compression sprinff 23 tending to close the switch 22 upon oppositely arranged terminals 24 and 25 of circuit wires 26 and 27. rIhe operating arm portion 28 of the switch projects through an edge plate 29 of thel box wall 17 in alinement with a slot 30 in the adjacent portion of the lid 14. l

A battery 28 aswell as an alarm bell 2) is positioned in the base chamber 13 of the box 10. A setting plate 31 is provided for seating within the slot 30 for retaining the switch 22 in its open position when the lid is closed and the switch is in its set position, it being noted that a socket 32 extends from the slot 30 for receiving the switch arm 28 hen the plate 31 is removed.

The terminal 25 is connected to the battery 28 by means of the aforementioned wire 27, while the terminal 24 of the switch 22 is connected to the alarm bell 29 by the aforementioned wire 26. The lamp 15 is 14 of the box 10, the plate 31 engages the upper inclined end 35 of the switch arm 28, thus depressing the said arm and opening the switch 22, the said switch remaining open as long as the cover 14 is closed. A person desiring to removethe contents of the box Iopens the lid 14, thus releasing the switch arm 28 and allowing the spring 23 to close the switch 22. thus connecting the terminals 24 and 25 and the circuit wires of the bell 29, it being understood that the said bell is connectedv by a wire 36 with the battery 28. When the switch 22 is thus actuated, the set plate 31 drops out of the slot 30, so that if the lid 14 is again closed, the switch 22 will remain in its closed position and the alarm lbell 29 will continue to ring.

A switch 36 is provided in the base chamber 13 provided with a spring 37 tending to close the switch upon the terminals 38 and 39 and having an arm` 40 extending through a. perforation 41 in the bottom 42 of the boXand whereby the switch is retained open .when the boX is seated upon a support such as the floor 43. The terminal 39 is connected to the battery 28 by a wire 44, while a wire 45 connects the terminal 38 with the bell wire 26. It will thus be seen that when the boX 10 is positioned upon the floor, the switch 36 is opened, but when the box is elevated, the spring 37 moves the said switch to its closed position, so that the alarm bell 29 is sounded and remains ringing until the box is again deposited upon a support for again retract-v ing the switch arm 40. I

It will thus be seen that a jewel case 1s l provided which will give an electrical alarm upon being elevated or carried away, while an alarm will also be sounded, whenever the Alid of the box' is opened, while the mechanevertheless to be understood that minor changes may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.`

What is claimed as new is In a jewel case, an electric circuit closer, including a contact-member resiliently seated therein, the closure of said jewel case having a socket, a stop-plate adapted to be seated loosely in -said socket, said socket, with said top-plate, 4being positioned to aline with said contact-member whden said closure is lowered into elosed/ position, wherehv the contact-member will be forced out of electrical connectionand no alarm be given, said closure-socket, with the contained stop-plate, being adapted, when the closure is lifted, to be taken out of alinement with said contact-member, and said stop-plate by gravity be displaced from said socket, whereby said contact-member will be released and brought into electrical connection and an alarm `accordingly be given, said valarm beingv maintained irrespective of the closure being returned to its lowered position or being in raised position, as long as the stop-plate remains displaced.

In testimony whereof I aHX my signature in presence of two witnesses.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2797405 *Nov 24, 1953Jun 25, 1957Stelter Francis C WContainer for valuables with alarm system
US3685037 *Oct 6, 1970Aug 15, 1972Heppes AladarAlarm system for business machines
US4376935 *Aug 10, 1981Mar 15, 1983Castaldo Stanley CHandbag utilizing automatically functioning illumination and alarm devices
U.S. Classification200/61.8, 340/571, 340/545.6
Cooperative ClassificationH01H3/161, H05K1/0254