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Publication numberUS3094346 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 18, 1963
Filing dateFeb 17, 1961
Priority dateFeb 17, 1961
Publication numberUS 3094346 A, US 3094346A, US-A-3094346, US3094346 A, US3094346A
InventorsBaker Jr Harold W
Original AssigneeConnersville Casket Company In
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Casket closure device
US 3094346 A
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J1me 1963 H. w. BAKER, JR

CASKET CLOSURE DEVICE 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Feb. 17, 1961 FIG.

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CASKET CLOSURE DEVICE INVENTOR. HAROLD W. BAKER, Jr. BYKMMM Filed Feb. 17, 1961 ATTORNEYS June 18, 1963 H. w. BAKER, JR 3,094,346 CASKET CLOSURE DEVICE Filed Feb. 17, 1961 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 l4 FIG. 7

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E m ham H1 ATTORNEYS nited States Patent 3,094,346 CASKET CLOSURE DEVICE Harold W. Baker, Jr., Bryn Mawr, Pa., assignor to Connersville Casket Company, Inc., Connersville, Ind., a corporation of Indiana Filed Feb. 17, 1961, Ser. No. 89,952 6 Claims. (Cl. 292) This invention relates to a casket closure device and more particularly relates to a casket closure device adapted to be used to close a hinged casket lid from a single point exterior of the casket.

'Ihe casket closure device in accordance with this invention is reliable in operation and provides a large force for the securing of the casket lid while requiring only a small force for its operation.

The closure device of this invention is further highly advantageous in that as contrasted to heretofore known closure devices operated from a single point it is simple and economical to manufacture.

These and other objects of this invention will become apparent on reading the description in conjunction with the following drawings in which:

FIGURE 1 is a front perspective view of a casket embodying the invention;

FIGURE 2 is a vertical section through the lid and body of the casket of FIGURE 1 looking towards one of the pull down levers of a closure device in accordance with this invention;

FIGURE 3 is a front perspective view showing a portion of the closure device of this invention;

FIGURE 4 is a plan view of a portion of the closure device of this invention;

FIGURE 5 is an enlarged plan view partially broken away of the structure for operating the closure device of this invention;

FIGURE 6 is a plan view of a sealing cap for use with the closure device in accordance with this invention;

FIGURE 7 is an enlarged view showing a pull down lever of the device of this invention in the fully unlatched position;

FIGURE 8 is a view of the structure of FIGURE 7 showing the pull down lever advanced to a position to engage a lid pull down member;

FIGURE 9 is a view of the structure of FIGURE 7 showing the pull down lever advanced to the fully latched position; and

FIGURE 10 is a side elevation of a modified pull down lever.

Referring to FIGURE 1, a casket 2 has a body portion 4 and a lid 6. The rear of lid 6 is pivoted on body 4 by hinges 8. A plurality of hooks 10 project downwardly from the front of the lid 6. Body 4 is provided with openings 12 for the passage of hooks .10 into the inter-ior of body 4. The open end of each hook 10 faces to the left as viewed in FIGURE 1.

As best shown in FIGURE 2, the body 4 has a recess 14 extending about its entire periphery and containing sealing gasket 16, which is adapted to engage a recess 18 extending about the entire periphery of the lid. Each hook 10 is surrounded by a ring gasket 20, which acts to seal the corresponding opening 12.

Referring now to FIGURES 2 through 5, a fixed bar 24 having a flange 26 is secured to flange 28 of body 4 by riveting as indicated at 30. A longitudinal operating bar 31 adjacent fixed bar 24 carries headed pins 32 which are secured to bar 31 by means of reduced threaded portions 34 which are threaded into threaded openings 36 in bar 31 (FIGURE 4).

As best seen in FIGURE 7, each pin 32 passes through a longitudinal slot 40 in bar 24 and engages a cam track A4 42 in pull down lever 44. Cam track 42 always lies at a relatively large angle with respect to the horizontal. an angle to the horizontal andextends upwardly away from pin 32 in the unlatched position shown in FIGURE 7. Pull down lever 44 is provided with an. angled tip portion 46 for the engagement of hook 10.

A horizontal pin 50 and a horizontal pin 52 are secured to bar 24 positioned adjacent each lever 44 to co operate with an open ended slot 54 and a slot 56 respectively in the adjacent lever 44.

Referring now to FIGURES 3 through 5, a nut 60 has a reduced portion 19 passing through a slot 63 in bar 24 and is bolted to longitudinal operating bar 31 as indicated at 62. A threaded bolt 64 engages nut 60 and has a threaded hollow head 66 into which a bolt 68 is threaded, relative movement between head 66 and bolt 68 being prevented by means of a pin 70. Bolt 68 has a hollow head 72 in the form of a hexagon which is adapted to-be engaged by an operating crank indicated in phantom at 74. Head 72 bears against a flange 76 on bushing 78 which is threadably secured to a bracket 80 welded to casket body 4. Head 72 also bears against packing shown at 82. A threaded cap 84 having a gasket 86 is adapted to be screwed into threads 88 in bushing 73 for the purpose of sealing the casket when the closure mechanism has been operated to secure the lid.

Operation After lid 6 has been manually closed with the pull down levers in the position shown in FIGURE 7, operating crank 74 is operated to cause nut 60 to advance to the right as viewed in FIGURES 4 and 5, which in turn causes longitudinal operating bar 31 to move in the same direction carrying pins 32 to the right as viewed in FIG- URES 4 and 5 and in FIGURES 7 through 9.

Referring now particularly to FIGURES 7 through 9, as each pin 32 moves to the right, it is carried against the lower side of cam track 42 of its associated pull down lever 44. Since slot 54 is still engaged with pin 50 and slot 56 is engaged with pin 52, the only direction in which pull down lever 44 can be moved through the operation of pin-32 is substantially horizontally to the right which is the desired motion in order to place tip portion 46 in position to engage hook 10 when the pull down lever is urged downwardly. The thus described horizontal movement has been completed in the showing of FIGURE 8 and slot 54 has been carried clear of pin 50. At this juncture pin 32 operating in cam track 42 acts to pivot pull down lever 44 clockwise :as viewed in FIGURE 9 about pin 52, which, due to its engagement with the lefthand end of slot 56 as viewed in FIGURE 9, prevents the further movement of pull down lever 44 to the right in a horizontal direction. As shown in FIGURE 9, pin 32 has been moved to the right-hand end of cam track 42 and has moved tip portion 46 downwardly which in turn has resulted in the movement of hook 10 andlid 6 downwardly to the latched position.

In order to open the casket lid, the operation is simply reversed with crank 74 being operated to move nut 60, longitudinal operating bar 31 and pins 32 to the left as viewed in FIGURES 4 and 5 which causes each pin 32 to move counterclockwise as viewed in FIGURES 7 through 9 its associated pull down lever 44 until the pin 32 reaches the end of cam track 42 at which juncture it will urge its associated lever 44 to the left as viewed in FIGURES 7 through 9 to reengage slot 54 and pin 50 to the position shown in FIGURE 7.

Where, due to space or other requirements, it is desired to employ a pull down lever cam track having a relatively small angle to the horizontal, the alternative pull down lever 44' of FIGURE 10 can be employed with advantage. Lever 44' has a cam track 42' making a relatively small angle with the horizontal throughout its major portion but diifering from cam track 42 in having downwardly turned terminal end portion 92 which effectively provides a portion of the cam track which makes Lever 44' is provided with an angled tip portion 46 for the engaging of a hook 10, slot 56 for engaging a pin 52 and an open ended slot 54' for engagement of a pin 50.

When lever 44 is substituted for lever 44, the movement of pin 32 to the right causes it to engage with the downwardly turned portion 92 of cam track 42' and, due to the greater angle of portion '92, exerts a greater vector of force in the horizontal direction than would occur if the down turned portion 92 were omitted. When the lever '44 has been urged horizontally sufficiently for slot 54 to clear pin 50, pin 32 advances in cam track 42 to urge lever 44' to rotate clockwise about pin 52 as viewed in FIGURE 10. In all other respects the operation of lever 44 is the same as operation of lever 44.

It is not desired to be limited except as set forth in the following claims.

What is claimed is:

l. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a pull down member adapted to depend from the casket lid, a pull down lever adapted to cooperate with the pull down member, means for mounting said lever in said body for pivotal movement and for longitudinal movement towards and away from the pull down member, means for restricting the pivotal movement of the lever during longitudnial movement towards the pull down member, a cam track on said lever, mean-s movable longitudinally engaging said cam track to move the lever longitudinally towards the pull down member and free of the means restricting its pivotal movement and into a position in which a portion of the pull down lever overlies a portion of the pull down member and then pivotally downwardly to pull the pull down member downwardly.

2. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a pull down member having a hook portion adapted to depend from the casket lid, a pull down lever having an angled end portion adapted to cooperate with the hook portion of the pull down member, means for mounting said lever in said body for pivotal movement and for longitudinal movement towards and away from the pull down member, means for res=tricting the pivotal movement of the lever during longitudinal movement towards the pull down member, a cam track on said lever, means movable longitudinally engaging said cam track to move the lever longitudinally towards the pull down member and free of the means restricting its pivotal movement and into a position in which the angled end portion of the pull down lever overlies the hook portion of the pull down member and then pivotally down- 1 wardly to pull the pull down member downwardly.

3. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a plurality of pull down members depending from the casket lid, pull down levers mounted in the casket body each movable in a substantially vertical plane and adapted to cooperate with a pull down member, a longitudinal operating bar, a cam track on each lever, a plurality of pins secured to said longitudinal operating bar each engaging a cam track, each cam track extending upwardly away from its associated pin when the lever is in its unlatched position, a pair of spaced pins secured to the body adjacent each lever, each lever having an open ended slot at one end thereof adapted to engage one of said pair of spaced pins and a second slot adapted to engage the other of said pair of spaced pins, means to move the operating bar to cause the pins engaging the cam tracks to move the levers in a longitudinal direction into a position in which a portion of each pull down lever overlies a portion of its associated pull down member, to free each open ended slot from its associated pin and then to cam the levers downwardly to engage and pull down the associated pull down members.

4. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a plurality of pull down members depending from the casket lid, pull down levers mounted in the casket body each movable in a substantially vertical plane and adapted to cooperate with a pull down member, a longitudinal operating bar, a cam track on each lever, a plurality of pins secured to said longitudinal operating bar each engaging a cam track, each cam track extending upwardly away from its associated pin when the lever is in its unlatched position, a pair of spaced pins secured to the body adjacent each lever, each lever having an open ended slot at one end thereof adapted to engage one of said pair of spaced pins and a second slot adapted to engage the other of said pair of spaced pins, screw means to move the operating bar to cause the pins engaging the cam tracks to move the levers in a longitudinal direction into a position in which a portion of each pull down lever overlies a portion of its associated pull down member, to free each open ended slot from its associated pin and then to cam the levers downwardly to engage and pull down the associated pull down members.

5. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a plurality of pull down members depending 'from the casket lid, pull down levers mounted in the casket body each movable in a substantially vertical plane and adapted to cooperate with a pull down member, a longitudinal operating bar, a cam track on each lever, a plurality of pins secured to said longitudinal operating bar each engaging a cam track, each cam track extending upwardly away from its associated pin when the lever is in its unlatched position, a pair of spaced pins secured to the body adjacent each lever, each lever having an open ended substantially horizontal slot at one end thereof adapted to engage one of said pair of spaced pins and'a second substantially horizontal slot adapted to engage the other of said pair of spaced pins, means to move the operating bar to cause the pins engaging the cam tracks to move the levers in a longitudinal direction into a position in which a portion of each pull down lever overlies a portion of its associated pull down member, to free eac-h open ended slot from its associated pin and then to cam the levers downwardly to engage and pull down the associated pull down members.

6. A closure device for a casket having a body and a lid hinged to the body comprising a plurality of pull down members depending from the casket lid, pull down levers mounted in the casket body each movable in a substantially vertical plane and adapted to cooperate with a pull down member, a longitudinal operating bar, a cam track on each lever, a plurality of pins secured to said longitudinal operating bar each engaging a cam track, each cam track extending upwardly away from its associated pin when the lever is in its unlatched position, a pair of spaced pins secured to the body adjacent each lever, each lever having an open ended substantially horizontal slot at one end thereof adapted to engage one of said pair of spaced pins and a second substantially horizontal slot adapted to engage the other of said pair of spaced pins, screw means to move the operating bar to cause the pins engaging the cam tracks to move the levers in a longitudinal direction into a position in which a portion of each pull down lever overlies a portion of its associated pull down member, to free each open ended slot from its associated pin and then to cam the levers downwardly to engage and pull down the associated pull down members.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification292/5, 292/65, 292/111
International ClassificationA61G17/02, A61G17/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61G17/02
European ClassificationA61G17/02