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Publication numberUS2410475 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 5, 1946
Filing dateApr 26, 1944
Priority dateApr 26, 1944
Publication numberUS 2410475 A, US 2410475A, US-A-2410475, US2410475 A, US2410475A
InventorsChurch Anderson
Original AssigneeChurch Anderson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Floor or wall safety box
US 2410475 A
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Nov. 5, i946., c. ANDERSON FLOR OR WALL SAFETY-BOX Filed April 2e, l1944 i INVNTOR 1" Ava/e C/f//V/'VOE/Q So/V.

Patented Nov. 5, 1946 i UNITED STATES PATE-NT y FLOOR QRWALL SAFETY BOX Church Anderson, Arcadia, Calif. Application Apr-il 26, 1944, Serial N o. 532,923

. lY My invention relates toa safety box particularly designed for use in householdsl and the like for the storagev and safe keeping of valuables vand the principal object of my invention is, to provide a simple, inexpensive andhighly effective safety storage box which may. be securely anchored in the floor or wall of a building, sothat it will be practically impossible for thieves or unauthorizedrpersonsto remove or open the box.

A further object of my invention is, to generally improve upon and simplify the construction of existing forms of household safety boxes and provide a construction which includes an outer housing anchored to studs or oor joists, with a box or container removably positioned in said housing, with means for locking the box within the housing so as to eectually prevent the removal and opening of the box, by persons other than those holding keys for the lock and at the same time, completely frustrating efforts to gain access to the anchoring means for the housing.

With the foregoing and other objects in vie-w, my invention consists in certain novel features of construction and arrangement of parts, which will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the safety box or container.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the housing which is anchored to a building element or the like and which receives the safety box.

Fig. 3 is a plain View showing the structure as'- sembled and positioned upon a floor joi'st or the like.

Fig. 4 is an enlarged vertical section'taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 3.

Fig. 5 is a vertical section taken through the upper portion for modified form of the safety box.

Referring by numerals to the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodiment of my invention, I0 designates the housing or container which is substantially rectangular in shape, formed of hard sheet metal or plates and comprising front rear and end walls also a bottom. i

Integral with the upper edge of the rear Wall of the housing and with the"rear portion of the upper edges of the end walls is a horizontally disposed ange II, having a width of from one half to one inch, more or less, depending on the size of the complete structure.

Formed in the rear wall of the housing are apertures such as I2, for the reception of the s Claims. (C1. e- 52) screws or vbolts usedv in anchoring the housingto a` stud, floor joist,`or other building element. 1'

The safety box or receptacle whichI is adapted to be positioned in housing I0 by being enteredl through its open top, is constructed'fro'm sheet steel or platesv andl comprises a iront'wal-l I3, end

walls I4, and topA and bottom walls'IEand It'y respectively.

ing I0, except the narrow space immediately adjacent the rear wall of said housing and below ilange II.

Connected by a hinge Il, preferably of the piano type, to the rear edge of bottom wall I6 of the box, is a cover I8, of sheet metal or plate and formed on the ends and upper or free edge of said cover, are anges I9, which when the cover i's closed, overlie portions of the top wall I5 and end walls I4 of the box.

Secured to the under face of top wall I5 of the box is a lock L which may be key actuated or of the combination type and the belt B of which lock is adapted to pass through an aperture 20 in cover I8 and to project a substantial distance beyond the free edge of flange I I.

If desired, a suitable keeper (not shown) may be secured to the under face of ange I I for the reception of the bolt, when same is moved into locking position. In order to conveniently handle and manipulate the box While being removed from and placed in the housing, a handle 2I may be mounted on top Wall I5.

The width of the box is such that, with bolt I3 of the lock retracted, said box can be placed in the housing by moving it downward through the open top between flange .I I and. the front wall of said housing and thus, when the box has been entered, its upper end completely closes the opening in the top of the housing.

When the bolt of the lock is projected into position beneath ange I I, the box Wil1 be securely locked in the housing and under such conditions, the screws or Ibolts that anchor the housing to the building are inaccessible, thus effectually preventing bodily removal of the housing and box contained and locked therein.

If desired the walls of both housing and box may be covered and lined with sheets of asbestos or the like, thus materially increasing the protection for the contents of the box, against nre.

In Flg. 5 I have shown a modified construction wherein the'housing IIJ is not provided withthe Thus it Will be seen that I have provided ai,"

household safety box or container which is `simple in structure, inexpensivel of manufacture and very effective in performing the functions for which it is intended.

4 removed from said housing through the opening between said ange and the upper edges of the front and end Walls of said housing, a hinged door forming one of the Walls of said box, a lock on the underside of the top of said box, said door having an opening near its free edge and the bolt of which lock is adapted when projected, to pass through the opening in said door and to occupy a position beneath the iiange on said housing.

`2. A safety box as setforth in claim 1 and marginal anges on three sides of said door for overlying portions of the corresponding Walls of the housing when the door is closed.

' 3. In a safety box, the combination with a housing having an open top, and a rear wall, the latter Vbeing provided with apertures for the reception of fastening means and a ange pro- It will be understood that minor changes in the size, form and construction of the variousv parts of my improved safety box may be made and substituted for those herein shown and de,- scribed without departing from the spirit of my invention the scope of which is set forth in the appended claims.

I claim as my invention:

1. In a safety box, a housing open at its top and provided in its rear wali with openings for fastening means, a ange projecting inwardly from the upper edge of the rear Wall of said housing, a box adapted to be positioned within and jecting inwardly from the upper edge of said rear Wall, of a box adapted to be removably positioned within said housing, a door for said box the Width of which box is less than the Width of the chamber in the housing so that when the boxv is positioned, within the housing, a space is provided between the door of the box and the rear wall of said housing below said flange and a lock on said box for simultaneously locking the door to said box and locking said box in said housing.


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U.S. Classification109/52, 206/1.5, 109/51
International ClassificationE05G1/00
Cooperative ClassificationE05G1/005
European ClassificationE05G1/00C