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P. H. McNAMEE.
APPLICATION FILED JULY 9.1917
Patented Apr. 2, 1918.
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PATRICK H, MCNAMEE, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Apr. 2, 1912.
Application filed July 9, 1917. Serial No. 179,311.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, PATRICK H. Mo- NAMEE, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wall-Safes, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to receptacles for the safe keeping of valuables, and has for its prime object the provision of a simple, compact and inexpensive device of the character described which is especially adapted for installation in the berths of Pullman cars and the sleeping rooms of steam-boats, although not restricted to such application.
In the accompanying drawing, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views, Figure 1 is a front elevation of the complete safe as the same would appear when situated within the wall of a house or the berth of a Pullman car; Fig. 2 a longitudinal sectional elevation through the wall or panel in which the safe may be placed, showing the inner cylinder in full and its manner of connection with the outer shell; Fig. 3 a duplicate of Fig. 2 with the inner cylinder drawn outward for the deposit or removal of valuables; Fig. 4 a sectional elevation taken along line 4-4 of Fig. 2; and Fig. 5 a top plan view of the safe embedded within a wallor panel with the wall of the inner cylinder partly broken away to disclose a portion of the L-shaped slot provided as a locking element in the wall of the outer shell, the two members being interlocked as shown in Figs. 2 and 4.
The application of this invention to the berths of Pullman cars will be taken for the purpose of illustration and in so doing I first cut an opening in the panel of the berth, preferably just beneath the location of the reading light with which such cars are equipped and insert therein a cylindrical metal shell or tube 1, the latter being closed at one end and provided with a plurality of small openings for the passage of retaining screws 2. By reference particularly to Figs. 2, 3 and 5, it will be noted that an elongated L-shaped slot 3 is cut in the wall of said shell or tube extending from a point adjacent the front thereof to a point adjacent the closed rear end, the angular portion 3 of the slot being about one quarter inch in length and clearly shown in Fig. 5.
As best shown in Figs. 2 and 3, the inner cylindrical chamber 4 is formed integral with an enlarged cap 5 and aportion of its wall is cut away to provide an opening 6 sufliciently large for the insertion of the hand, said cap having a depending lug 7 affording a cover for the lock and a crossbar 8 serving as a handle by which said chamber may be turned within and withdrawn to an extent from shell 1.
The lock above mentioned is seated within a metal or wooden block 9 which is secured to therear of lug 7 and consists, preferably, of a plunger 10 slotted at 11 and actuated by a helical spring 12 placed therebeneath, it being observed that the lower face of slot 11 is inclined or beveled so as to result in the depression of said plunger upon insertion of the beveled key 13 as shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
A further important feature, constituting an additional lock, resides in the projection of a short pin or screw 14 through the wall of chamber 4 adjacent the rear end thereof and approximately one quarter inch to the left of the vertical plane passing through plunger 10, assuming the elements to be in the relation shownin Fig. 4. By reference particularly to Figs. 3 and 5 it will be noted that the free extremity of screw 14 fits within slot 3 so as to limit the extent of with drawal of the inner chamber 4 as shown in Fig. 3 and, further, to lock said chamber within the outer shell 1 when the former is rotated so as to force said screw to traverse the angular extension 3 of said slot as shown in Fig. 5.
By this novel arrangement of parts it will be appreciated that such strain as would, ordinarily, be imposed upon the outer (or key) look by one attempting to insert a jimmy or other like tool under lug 7 (for the purpose of wrongfully opening the safe) would be resisted by the bearing of screw 14 against the edge of the extension 3 and that in view of this resistance it would be virtually impossible to withdraw the inner chamber save by use of the proper key.
Safes of this construction being placed in the berths of sleeping cars and passenger vessels may be rented at a nominal sum to the occupants and the keys thereof retained, at the option of the passenger, by the conductor or steward during the journey so as to remove'the apprehension of theft or loss by fire, but it is obvious that the invention is not restricted to this particular application and may be employed, without any.
modification, for the same useful purposes in office buildings, residences and places of recreation Where the patrons commonly deposit their valuables with the proprietor or his agent.
Having thus fully described the invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:-
A safe comprising a cylindrical shell and a removable chamber fitting closely there- Within, saidshell having an L-shaped slot formed in its Wall, a pin projecting through the Wall of said chamber into said slot PATRICK I-I. McN AMEE.
Witnesses W. KEANE SMALL, H. M. PRENDIVILLE.
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