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Publication numberUS1320955 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 4, 1919
Filing dateMar 29, 1919
Publication numberUS 1320955 A, US 1320955A, US-A-1320955, US1320955 A, US1320955A
InventorsBenjamin F. Wright
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1320955 A
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Patented Nov. 4, 1919.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 4, 1919.

Application filed March29, 1919. Serial No. 286,010.

To all whom/it may concern:

Be it known that I, BENJAMIN F. WRIGHT, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Fort Branch, in the county of Gibson and State of Indiana, have invented a new and Improved Gate-Latch, of which the following isafull, clear, and exact description,

My invention relates to latches suitable for use upon gates and doors, my more particular purpose being to provide a latch which can be made up easily and cheaply of metal bars and whichpossesses many advantages of construction and operation.

More particularly stated I seek to provide a latch so constructed and arranged that when used upon a gate or door said gate or door may be raised up for a distance of several inches without interfering with the security of the latch. This is particularly important in instances where the latch is used upon a gate and where cattle are in the habit of slightly lifting the gate in an effort to open it. I

My invention has further advantages which are brought out below in the detail description and which tend to improve the general efliciency of the device.

Reference is made to the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification and in which like letters indicate like parts throughout all the figures.

Figure 1 is a fragmentary front elevation of a gate provided with one form of my improved latch.

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary elevation of a pair of car doors equipped with another form of my device.

Fig. 3 is a section on the line 33 ofFig. 1 looking in the direction of the arrows.

A pair of gate posts are shown at 4: and 5 and between them is a gate 6 supported on hinges 6 A staple 7 driven into the gate post 5 supports a pad lock 9, the yoke 8 of this pad lockeXtending through the staple. A hook 6 mounted upon the gate post 5 extends laterally therefrom and is used in connection with my latch as hereinafter described. A U-bar 10 is mounted rigidly upon. the gate 6 and is provided with an extending portion 6 which projects through the yoke 8 on the lock 9 and prevents the gate from being opened when the lock 9 is in active use. is mounted upon the U-bar 10 by means of bolts 12, these bolts engaging the gate 6 diing portion 13*.

An arched plate 11 ed upon a pivot 1 1 and thus journaled upon the U-bar 10. The latch is adapted for engagement with the hook 6 above mentioned and is provided with an upwardly extend- A cord 15 connected with the upper end of the latch 13 enables the latch to be operated, if desired, from a distance. A spring 16 is connected with the latch 13 and with an adjacent portion of the gate 6.

The latch 13 under control of the spring 16 tends to press tightly upon the hook 6 and if the gate 6 be raised or lowered within reasonable limits the tension -of the spring 16 still keeps the latch in engagement with the hook 6 If, therefore, cattle place their nose under the ends of gate 6 and raise it slightly they are unable to open the gate. Again if the gate sags considerably this does not interfere at all with the action of the latch.

In the form of my device shown in Fig. 2 there are two car doors 17 and 18 movable horizontally, the latch is shown at 19 and has a little different shape from that appearing in Fig. 1. The hook 20 is secured to the door 18 and has a form suitable to accommodate the embodiment of this door edgewise relatively to the door 17. The latch is provided with an upwardly extending portion 21, a hole 21 may, if desired, be provided through which the operator may extend a finger in order to engage the portion 21 of the latch and then actuate the latch from the opposite side of the door. The spring is shown at 23 and is connected with the latch 19 and with the door 17. With the exceptions just mentioned the structure and action of the latch shown in Fig. 2 is the same as that appearing in Fig. 1. In Fig. 3 the mechanism appearing in Fig. 1 is shown upon a somewhat larger scale.

While in the two instances here shown my latch is used for holding doors and gates in a closed position, it will be readily understood that the device may be used equally well for holding the doors or gates in an open position.

I do not limit myself to the precise use here contemplated for the invention as it may be employed in various relations without departing from the spirit of my invention, neither do I limit myself to any preeise materials to be used'in its-construction, the scope of my invention being commensurate With my claims. 7

Having thus described my invention, What I claim as neW'and desire to secure by Letters Patent is as follows:

1. A device of the character described comprising a look, a support for said look, a gate disposed adjacent said support, a

U-bar mounted upon said gate and pro- .vided With an extended portlon ior engaging sa1d look, a hook mounted upon said support, and a latch pivotally mounted upon said U-shape and extending from said gate in order to engage sald hook.

2. A devlce of the character described comprising a gate post, a lock mounted thereupon, a gate disposed adjacent said gate post, a U-bar mounted upon said gate and provided With an extending portion for engaging said look, a hook mounted upon said gate post, a latch pivotally mounted upon said U-bar and extending from said gate in order to engage said hook, and a spring connected With said gate and with said latch.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. G.

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US5529369 *May 26, 1995Jun 25, 1996Welborn; Robert B.Door latches for golf carts and the like
U.S. Classification292/228, 292/DIG.460
Cooperative ClassificationE05C3/14, E05F11/00, Y10S292/46