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March 24, 1931. H BUCHSBAUM 1,797,635
MOUNTING WALL PLATES Filed Jan. 4, 1929 Patented Mar. 24, 1931 HERBERT BUCHSBAUIVI,
PATENT OFFICE OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS MOUNTING WALL PLATES Application led January 4, 1929. Serial No. 330,329.
My invention relates to the mounting of wall plates or covers for electric outlets of wall switch boxes and the like and has for.its principal object the provision of a novel mounting whereby a decorative cover plate for such outlets or boxes may be readily attached or detached without danger of marring or in any way detracting from the appearance of the decorated plate.
More particularly it is the objectof this invention to provide adecorative cover plate for switch boxes and the like that may be attached to the switch boxes in such a manner as to present no screws or other unsightly attaching means.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear as the description proceeds in connect-ion with the accompanying drawings. However, I wish it to be distinctly understood that I do not intend to limit myself to the exact details shown and described, but that I intend to avail myself of all such modifications as would occur to one skilled in this art and as fall within the scope of the claims.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a front view showing the decorative wall plate mounted in position on a switch box; 3c Fig. 2 is a view of the back side of the decorative plate and the attaching member or plate as they appear when detached from the wall box; and
Fig. 3 is a vertical section on the line 3-3 e.: of Fig. 2 illustrating the cover plate as mounted upon a switch box.
Referring now in detail to the drawings, the numeral 5 indicates a wall having mounted therein the switch box 6 which is secured in the usual manner as by means of the screws 7 and 8 and which has projecting outwardly therefrom the switch lever 9. The cover plate construction consists of an inner member 10 and the outer decorative plate 11 which i may be suitably decorated to conform to the color scheme of the room in which it is placed. The inner member 10 consists of a plate having the side edges 12 and 13 offset or turned inwardly so as to aid in spacing the device from the wall and which has at 14 an aperture of sujthcient size to admit the switch lever 9.
The plate 10 is also cut away at 15 and 16 to provide guide members at 17 18, 19, and 20, the purpose of which will presently appear. At the remote ends of the cut away 55 portions 15 and 1G and spaced slightly therefrom, the plate has struck out flanges 21 and 22 which flanges are adapted to bear against the switch box v6 as shown clearly in Fig. 3 to maintain the proper spacing of the main body of the plate 10 from the switch-box. Suitable screws 23 and 24 serve to permanent-l ly fix the plate 10 in position. Between the apertures 15 andy 16 and the struck out flanges 21 and 22 there is left the small bars of material 25 andy 26 which, owing to their thinness will have a certain amount of flexibility.
The decorative plate 11 has in the center thereof an aperture 27 through which the switch lever 9 may project, and, in forming this aperture, the material of the plate 11 is bent to the interior of the plate as shown at 28 and 29, and then again bent as at 30 and 31 so that the free ends of the strips 28 and v29 rest against they plate 11, and are bent slightly toward each other for a purpose which will be hereinafter more fully explained. The outer rim of the plate 11 is offset as indicated at 32 so as to rest against the wall in which the box is located and make a irm contact therewith.
Now, when the cover plate is to be mounted in position, the member 10 is first attached by means of the screws 23 and 24 to the switch box, and then the plate 11 is pressed toward the switch box with the strips 28 and 29 f1tting between the guide members 17, 18, 19, and 20 and the ends 30 and 31 engaging with the bars 25 and 26. These bars having a slight resiliency, will give a sufficient amount to permit the ends and 31 to slide therebetween and thereafter close in against these ends so as to clamp the plate 11 in position. Thus it will be seen that the decorative plate has nothing on the exterior thereof to detract from its appearance, and yet it is held lirmly in position to cover the switch box, and cannot move laterally or vertically.
If it is desired to change the decorative scheme of the room, these plates may be readily removed by insertion oit' a tool through the switch lever aperture and pulling outwardly upon the plate ll.
This plate ll is preferably provided on the exterior thereof with a luminous indicator at 33 so as to make the switch visible in the dark as Well as by day light.
One cf the marked advantage-S of this structure lies in its simplicity and the few parts necessary to produce the desired result. Thus the entire securing structure involves only the two plates and the screws for securing the inner plate. This makes it po"- sible to produce the devices at a low cost and also avoids difficulties in assembling them as there. is nothing to get lost or out of orderv nshppw 13mm the above desert-phen, 1t 1S thought that the construction and advantages of this Y device will ybe clear to those skilled invthis art; gand, having thusdescribed my invention,
what l claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: j Y
l. A cover mounting fora wall switch box and the like comprising a hasev plate having means for permanently securing the saineV overl the said box, anda decorative plate having an outer edge adapted to rest upon the wall, said decorative plate covering said base plate, and cooperating meanson said plates covered by said decorative plate for detachably `holding said decorative plate in position, said last named meansincluding a pair of members on the decorative plates extend-` ing thru thebase plate, said members lbeing struck ,up from the material of said decorative plate to provide a switch lever aperture therein. j
2. A cover mounting for wall switch Yboxes and the like comprising a .member having means for permanently fixing the same on aV switch box, said member having spacing means for spacing it from said box, and having an aperture therein through .which Vthe switch operating lever projects, a ,decorative plate having a switchleveraperture therein itting over said member and having means projecting through the aperturein said memberand frictionally engaging certain edges of vsaid member at said aperture to .detach-` ably hold said plate in position` 3. A cover mounting for wall switch boxes and the like comprising a member having means for vpermanently fixing the same on'a switch box, said. member having spacing means for spacingv it from said box, and hav.. ing an aperture therein through lwhich the switch operating lever projects, a decorative plate having a switchv lever aperture therein fitting over said member and having means projecting through theaperture in said member and rictionally eng-agingfcertai'n,edges of said member at said'aperture toV detachn ably hold said Aplate in position, said 'last named means comprising strips struck up from said plate to form the switch lever aperture, and bent vback against said plate.
In witness whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name this 27th day ot Dec. A. D. 1928. HERBERT BUCHSBAUM.