US 538954 A
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A. B. EASTMAN & M. E. HART.
DRAWER FOR SAPES.
No 538,954. Patented May 7, 1895.
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A. B. EASTMAN" & M. .E. HART. DRAWER FOR sAFBs'. No. 538,954. Patented May 7, 1895.
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Patented May 7, 1895 Witnesses:
UNITED STATES PATENT FFICE.
ALONZO B. EASTMAN AND MURRAY E. HART, O F'WELLSBO ROUGH, PENN- SYLVANIA SAID HART ASSIGNOR TO SAID EASTMAN.
DRAWER FOR SAFES.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 538,954, dated May 7, 1895.
Application filed May 23, 1894- Serial No. 512,188. (No model.)
To aZZ whom, it may concern.-
Be it known that we, ALONZO B. EASTMAN and MURRAY E. HART, citizens of the United States, residing atWellsborough, in the county of Tioga and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Burglar-Proof Drawers, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a safe deposit drawer for burglar proof and other safes, and particularly to a drawer comprising a series of secret compartments.
The object of the invention is to provide a drawer for safes, cabinets, tables, &c., consisting of a series of secret compartments.
A further object of the invention is to provide a drawer having acentral secret compartment with a series of secret compartments surrounding the said central compartment.
A further object of the invention is to provide a burglar proof telescopic drawer with a series of secret compartments so arranged that access to the said compartments may be had at both ends of the drawer.
A further object of the invention is to provide a central drawer having a secret bottom compartment, access to which can only be had by means of the false end of the drawer.
A still further object of the invention is to provide false ends for the central drawer having a secret lock of novel and peculiar construction and arrangement.
The invention consists in the novel construction and arrangement of parts, and essentially in a drawer having a series of secret compartments accessible from one or the other of the ends of the drawer, and containing a central drawer having a locking false end.
In the. accompanying drawings, forming part of this application, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a safe, showing a set of improved drawers in position. Fig. 2 is a rear perspective view of the drawer, partly broken, with the box-compartments removed and the compartments surrounding the central drawer or compartmentpartly drawn out. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional vien of the drawer with all its compartments in closed position. Fig. 4 is a cross-section taken on the plane indicated by the dotted line a: w in' Fig. 3. Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the box H. Fig. 5 is a 'ment.
perspective view of the skeleton case partly broken away. Fig. 5 is a perspective 'view of the box N. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the central drawer with the locking rear end raised. Fig. 7 is an enlarged perspective view of the rear locking end. Fig. 8 is an enlarged detached perspective view of the lock contained in the end. Fig. 9 is a perspective view of a modified form of the central compart- Fig. 10 is a side elevation of the key.
The same letters of reference denote the same parts throughout the several figures of the drawings.
The safe A, or any other piece of household or office furniture, the safe only being in this case shown for example may have as many of the drawers B, as desired, arranged independent of each other in pockets or pigeon holes in the safe, so as to be pulled out of the latter from the front of the-safe separately.
The drawers B, have a hinged door a, and a suitable lock b, which door opens outwardly, and displays the front end of the central compartment C. This compartment 0, which telescopes the drawer B, has its front end divided into two parts 0, and d, respectively, the part 0, being a false end and joined to the part d, by means of screw knob D, for the purpose of pulling the compartment 0, from the drawer B, and by unscrewing it, the 'said two parts are separated so as to allow access to the secret compartment D, in the bottom of the compartment 0, from the front. This can be done without removing the compartment 0.
\Vhen the compartment 0, is removed access to the compartment D, is had by removing the false end 0', which is provided with a cavity A, and one or more holes or grooves B extending from the said cavity to the sides of the end 0. These grooves or holes register with the holes a, in the side of the compartment 0, when the false end is in position to be locked. In this cavity A, is located the lock 0, having one ormore arms (1, to which it is secured, extending through the holes or grooves B, (when the said false end is looked) into the holes a, in one side of the compartment 0. To look the said false end in place, one of the arms at, has simply to be pushed from one side, by the long end of the key A To unlock the same the arms d, are pushed from the opposite side by the opposite short end of the said key.
It will be observed that the lock 0', is heavy enough, and the arms so closely fitted in place, that it will remain in whatever position it is placed by the key, without displacement. This compartment 0, forms a most convenient secret cash drawer, which can be used without disturbing or removing the main drawer B, from the safe; and access can be had to its bottom compartment D, without removing it entirely from the said drawer B. Surrounding this central compartment or cash drawer C, is a rectangular skeleton casing E, having open ends F, and top and bottom flanges e, and f, respectively. The edge of these flanges are secured to the sides of the drawer B, so as to leave an opening between the skeleton case E, the top, bottom and sides of the drawer B.
The rear end of the central compartment or cash drawer O, engages the rim G, upon the inside of the said casing E. This rim G, formed near the rear end of the casing E, not only forms an abutment for the rear end of the central compartment or cash drawer C, but forms a cavity or space, wherein is located a box I-I, provided with a hinged door 9, having a tape h, the ends of which project outwardly to be grasped by the fingers to remove the said box, thedoor of which faces inward, that is, said door abuts against the side of the rim G, opposite the rear end of the central compartment 0.
In the top and bottom openings between the walls of the drawer B, and the skeleton casing E, is slidably located the trays I, and K, one of the said trays being shallower than the other. These trays are each provided with operating rings 'i, and 70, respectively.
Slidably located in the openings or spaces between the sides of the drawer B, and the skeleton casing E, are receptacles L, and M, respectively, the latter being wider than the former and each being provided with pull rings Z, and m, respectively. It will be observed that the front ends of these trays and receptacles do not come flush with the end of the skeleton casing E, but a sufiicient space is leftin which to house the rings attached to the said trays and receptacles. Between the said end of the skeleton casing and the rear end of the drawer B, is left a space which is occupied by a box N, precisely like the box H, except larger in size, having its tape ends at, projecting outside the drawer B, so that should the drawer be withdrawn from the safe by one not knowing its secrecy, a solid inclosure would present itself.
It will be observed that our improved safe drawer consists of several compartments, and receptacles accessible independent of each other.
It will also be observed that one or all the trays and receptacles may be entirely removed, and files, documents, 850., be put directly in their place, while the said trays and receptacles are used for ofiicereceptacles of convenience.
We do not wish to be understood as limiting ourselves to the particular shape of the drawer, to the size of the receptacles, trays and boxes contained in the drawer, nor to the size or shape of the lock in the false end, but reserve to ourselves the right to change the shape of the drawer, and vary the size of the receptacles, trays, boxes and false end lock as may be found beneficial in the manufacture of the same, without departing from the spirit ofour invention.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. The combination with a burglar proof safe drawer having a door at its front end, of the skeleton casing secured to the sides of the drawer upon the inside of the latter so as to leave anopening or space between the said skeleton casing and drawer at the top, bottom, sides and rear end, for the purpose set forth.
2. The combination with a drawer having a door at its front end, and the removable box closing its rear end, of the skeleton casing secured in the drawer, the trays and receptacles slidably located between the said skeleton casing and the drawer, for the purpose set forth.
3. The combination with a drawer, of the central telescoping compartment or cash drawer having a receptacle or compartment in its bottom, of the removable false ends, and the slidable lock with which one of the said ends is provided, as set forth.
4. The combination with a drawer, of the central telescoping compartment or cash drawer having a receptacle or compartment in its bottom, the removable rear end, and the slidable lock with which the said end is providcd, for the purpose set forth.
5. In a drawer, the parts B, and O, telescoping each other, and the false ends of the latter part, one of which ends being provided with a slidable lock, combined with the skeleton casinglocated between the said two parts and secured to the part B, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.
6. In a drawer, the parts B, and C, telescoping each other, the latter part having a bottom compartment, the divided end adapted to give access at the front end of the said bottom compartment, and the false end provided with a slidable lock and adapted to be removed to give access to the said bottom compartment at its rear end, as set forth.
7. In a burglar proof drawer, the combination of the skeleton casing, the central compartment or cash drawer inclosed by thesaid casing, combined with the trays, the receptacle, the box located in the end of the casing, and the box lo'catedinand closing the end of the drawer, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.
8. The combination with a burglar proof drawer, of the skeleton frame inclosed by the drawer and having top and bottom flanges to which the drawer is secured, the central compartment and the rim with which the said casing is provided, substantially as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.
9. The combination with a burglar proof drawer, of theskeleton casing secured in the drawer so as to leave a series of openings or spaces between the latter and the skeleton casing, the trays and receptacles removably located in such openings or spaces, the compartment inclosed by the said casing, the
boxes, one located in the end of the casing and closing it, and the other located in the end of the drawer and closing it, and the tapes with which the said boxes are provided for removing them, substantially as shown and described.
In witness whereof we hereunto set our hands in the presence of two witnesses.
ALONZO B. EASTMAN. MURRAY E. HART. lVitnesses:
WALTER SHERWOOD, E. H. OWLETT.