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Publication numberUS2183819 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1939
Filing dateAug 17, 1938
Priority dateAug 17, 1938
Publication numberUS 2183819 A, US 2183819A, US-A-2183819, US2183819 A, US2183819A
InventorsMullen Chester J
Original AssigneeMullen Chester J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Robberyproof window
US 2183819 A
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Patented tec-5,19. 11933V 'fea'raw'r orifice if hester J. Mullen, Redding, Calit` I Applica ion August 12', 1938-, Serial No. 292432 3 Claims.

This invention relates in general to a robberyproof window designed for use as'a bank tellers window, p'cyrnaster's window, or the like where' substantial amounts of money are maintained for payment to recipients who stand on the opposite side of the window.

The principal object of the invention is tov ranged'that the teller can see and carry on-a conversation with and pass money to a person outside the window without exposing himself to possible gunfirel and without affording access to the money remaining within the window or cage.

A further object of the inventionis to provide means whereby the teller within the window may safely direct gunfire at a person outside the window and attempting to commit a robbery.

A further object of the invention is to produce V`s. simple and inexpensive deviceand yet one Figure 1 isa perspective view of my AimprovedV robberypro'o! window ith the wicket closed.

Figure 2 is a perspective View of the window with the wicket open and the money tray projeeting thereunder.

Figure 3 is a sectional plan view of the wlndow assembly.

Figure 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary cross section on line 3-4 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary enlarged cross section on line 5-5y of Fig. 3.

Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawings, the numeral l indicates a bank counter or the like provided with one or more tellers windows which are constructed as follows:

The front panel of the window comprises a vertical sheet 2 of bullet proof glass which extends longitudinally of the counter and which is mounted in place by suitable means intermediat-e the edges of the counter. Each tellers window is dened or separated from the next window by transversely extendingside walls or panels 3 which extend from the front panel toward the inner edge of the counter. Panels 3 also are bullet proof glass. v

The front panel 2 is formed with a. window with the edge of sa `cent edge of panel 6,

(ci. e-19) 'opening Il which provided with a frame 5 fitted v id opening; the openingextendingl'engthwise trom adjacent one side panel 3 to a point spaced some distance from the other side panel.

An enclosed'niche or recess is formed inwardly of window opening 4 by means of a vertical back panel 6 which extends lengthwise of the counter, and a transversely extending end panel 'I which is fitted along' one edge with the adjacent portion of frame 5 and along the other edge with a post 8 which likewise `is tted with the adja- Panels 6 and l are likewise o bullet prooi glass.

The end panel 1 terminates at its lower edge some distance abore the counter surface and the resultant opening is normally closed by a vertlcallv slldablebullet proof wicket plate 9 which includes a handle Sa on its inner face. The portions of frame 5 and post 8 adjacent the side l edges of plate S are slotted vertically and said This detent has an upwardly facing bevel on its ndso that the plate may lower from a raised position ithout interference. A hand knob l2 is formed wth the detent and is accessible to the teller. l

The lower edge of the wicket plate 2 is formed with an inwardly etendingupwardly sloping lip l'3 of substantial depth, said lip being arranged for engagement from within the windowby the correspondingly sloping sid=.;s of a money tray Il. The tray includes a handle .Ma by meansk of which the tray may be manipulated in the manner hereinafter describedrx At its rear lower edge the tray is provided with a. downwardly and rearwardly sloping catch finger or 'pawl I5 adapted to cooperate with a ratchet plate I6 em- Conversation between the teller and a person This wicketplate is nor Abedded in the surface of the counter adjacent s .the wicket plate.

outside the winden` is made possible by means of combination mouthpieceand speaker phones mounted on opposite sides of panel 2 or in other 50 relation along the counter; such tubes being u vadapted to receive the muzzle of a pistol held by the teller. The bore of these tubes taper toward l grasps knob l2 in his right hand and draws the detent il away from the-path of teeth l0. At the same time he grasps handle. 9a and slides wicket plate 9 upward 'to an open position. When desired catch means may beemployed to hold wicket plate 9 open while the business of the customer is being transacted.

However, when a person unknown to the teller approaches the window the wicket plate 9 is left closed and if monies are to be transferred the teller places such monies in tray i4 and grasps the handle of the tray with his left hand and at the same time grasps Iknob l2 with his right hand and releases the deent. Then the upwardly sloping edges of the tray are engaged with the' under surface of lip i3 on the wicket plate, and by pressing forwardly on the tray the wicket plate is forced upwardly zasshown in Fig. 2, and the customer can then take the money from the tray. In order to prevent anyone from forcing the tray out of the way and reaching into the window or cage during a money transfer operation, I provide the nger l5 which engages with the teeth of ratchet plate I5 which is embedded in the surface of the counter. When the transaction has been completed the teller lifts'the rear end of the tray slightly and withdraws the tray from be- 'death the wicket plate 9 and with such withdrawalx the wicket plate returns to its normal closed position.

With my Vtmproyed robberyproof Window the teller is fully protetcdand it is impossible for a bandit to either gain acfesslcinto the interior of the Window or to harm the tell'erfaSuch protection isy enhanced by the placing of ttwicjret at one side of instead of directly back of the Window since the wicket is nies out or a direct line bes tween the teller and the person outside the window.

lIf desired, the front panel-2 *may be extended any-height and further, a grill or the like n be placed over the top of the tellers Window cage. l r v v From the foregoing description it will be rear t I have produced such a device as si j fulfills the objects of the invention set forth herein. A. 4

While this specification sets forth in detail 1' present and preferred construction of the devi still practice such deviations from such, det may be resorted to as do not form a departi from spirit of the invention, as dened byi appended claims.

Having thus-described my invention, what cla' ias new and useful and desire to secure tters Pat-ent is:

1. In a robberyprooi' window. an upstandi pane of bullet proof material, said panel i cluding e. normally closed but upwardly slidal wicket plat-e, a tray, means between the wick plate and the tray arranged to raise the pla upon movement of the tray up to and thence b nearh the plate and manually releasable lati means normally holding the wicket plate again upward movement.

2. In a robberyproof Window, an upstandii panei of bullet proof material, said panel il cluding a normally closed but upwardly slidab wick pate, a tray having sides sloping upward and rearvardly from its forward edge to the ba( end of the tray. and a relatively long projectir lip foA Aled on the lower edge of the wicket pla' and sloping upwardly in corresponding angulz relaticnto the sides 'of the tray whereby to nai: the Wicket plate upon movement of the tray u to and :hence beneath said plate.

3. In a robbery-proof window, an upstandin panel of bullet proof material, said panel in cluding a normally closed but upwardly slidabl Wicketplate. a tray, means between the wicks plate and tray arranged to raise the plate upo: movement of the tray to and thence beneath th plate and releasable means to prevent retractiol of the tray from beneath the Wicket plate am ninctioningbefore the back of the tray reache said yWicket plate.


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US3230912 *Apr 9, 1964Jan 25, 1966Hohmann William RBank construction
US3742872 *Nov 22, 1971Jul 3, 1973Total Safe Syst IncSafety cashier{40 s window system and the like
US4149474 *Oct 5, 1977Apr 17, 1979Ruane Richard MPass-box system for transferring items
U.S. Classification109/19, 109/11
International ClassificationE05G7/00
Cooperative ClassificationE05G7/004
European ClassificationE05G7/00D2