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Publication numberUS968222 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 23, 1910
Filing dateApr 5, 1909
Priority dateApr 5, 1909
Publication numberUS 968222 A, US 968222A, US-A-968222, US968222 A, US968222A
InventorsFitzallan B Williams
Original AssigneeFitzallan B Williams
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Seal-lock for beer-cases.
US 968222 A
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968,222. Patented Aug. 23, 1910.

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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FITZALLAN B. VIL- LIAMs, of Chicago,A in the State of Illinois, have invented a certainl new and useful Improvement in Seal-Locks for Beer-Cases, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in means for locking and sealing beer-cases and the like, in order to prevent the contents from being tampered with in transit, and it consists in an improvement upon the invention shown in Letters Patent of the United States No. 896,786 dated August 25, 1908 issued to me for a seallock for beer cases in which the lock is applied and worked within the casing.

The objects of my present improvement are, first, to provide a spring locking-bar adapted to be applied within the casing and projected through an opening in the cover of the casing, to engage a striking-plate applied outside the cover; and second to provide the projecting end of the spring` locking-bar with a perforation adapted to work in conjunction with a staplelike projection of the striking-plate in order to apply a rnet'allic seal to the same just outside of the casing. I attain these objects by the means illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 shows a` sectional elevation of a fragment of a casing with the locking and sealing means constructed according to my present improvement applied thereto, the section being taken at the line 1 1 on Fig. 3. Fig. 2 is a detail showing an elevation of the spring locking-bar detached. Fig. 3 is a detail showing a fragment of the casing cover with the striking plate in top view applied thereto, the locking-bar being omitted.

Like signs marked on the drawings refer to like parts throughout the several views.

The numeral 4L is the boX or casing preferably provided at the rear with a permanently-attached strip 5 under which projecting cleats 6 of the cover 7 are applied to hold the cover in place on the boX at the rear when closed. At the front the cover is provided with a perforation 8 which preferably extends part way over the upper edge of the front side piece of the casing, as best shown in Fig. 1.

The spring locking-bar 9 is applied to the inside of the casing immediately below the perforation 8 so that its barbed end a will Specification' of Letters Patent.

Application led April 5, 1909.

Patented Auo'. 23', 1910.

serial No. 488,024.

project up through the same. The end surface b is formed on a bevel which is slightly concave near the tip end o. The locking-bar is pivotally mounted on a plate 10 provided with screw holes and a spring which may be of the construction shown in my Patent No. 896,798 above referred to or of any ordinary form.

The striking-piece 11 is a metallic plate provided with screw holes and a flat bottom adapted to the casing cover. It has an opening 12 and at the front of the said opening is a downward projection 13 from the bottom which fits the front side of perforation 8 and is beveled from the front upward to the rear. This projection strikes the surface b of the spring locking-bar, causing it to be sprung back when the cover is pressed down so that it will spring forward and engage its barb Z over the top surface of said projection 13 which is preferably formed on a level with the top surface of the cover, as seen in Fig. 1, the striking plate being formed with a depression in its top surface at the location opposite to said projection. Further the plate 11, is provided with a bridge or staple 14 over the opening 12 and the bevel b of the spring locking-bar 9 is provided with a hole 15 which extends transversely of said bevel and comes through below the tip end c of said locking-bar. The height of the bridge 14C relatively to the tip end of said locking-bar is such as to bring the bridge just above said hole 15 when the barb d is in engagement with the part 13, as seen in Fig. 1. The movement of the locking-bar is toward and from the bridge, the tip end of the bar above the hole 15 striking the bridge which is extended transversely of the path in which the locking-bar moves.

The striking-plate with its opening 12 and bridge 14, and the spring locking-bar with its barbed head provided with a hole 15 working through said opening present when locked what is the equivalent of two parallel staples in such relation and close contact that a spring may be passed through both to tie them together.

The engagement of the locking-bar with the striking plate can now be sealed by passing a short piece of small wire 16 through the hole 15 and under the bridge 14C and bending it around to bring the ends together. The ends so brought together are passed through a soft metal seal 17 which is compressed upon them so as to hold them fast together. The seal consists preferably of two small disks of lead joined near their edges in parallel relation sufficiently apart to be passed over the wire, by webs of the same material, which may be compressed upon the wires with the proprietors seal which will flatten the webs and fasten the disks upon the wires and leave the imprint of the seal upon the soft metal so that the seal cannot be broken without destroying the imprint.

lVhat I claim is:

In a locking mechanism, the combination of a spring locking bar 9 having a barbed, bevel-pointed head provided with a perforation near its tip end 0 and a slight concavity in its beveled surface b extended',

transversely to the plane of said bevel; with a striking-piece or plate 11 provided with the following features: an opening 12 for the locking-bar to work in, a depression in its upper surface at the front of said opening, a downward projection 13 from the bottom of said plate opposite to said depression and beveled from the Jfront upward toward the rear to throw back said lockingbar and engage the barb thereof in said depression, and a bridge 14 extended over said opening in front of the locking-bar and across the path of its working movement, as specied.



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Cooperative ClassificationE05C17/50