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LOCK PROTECTOR
Filed July 14, 1937
WITNES%
ATTORN EYS
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Patented Apr. 19, 1938
Í NEED STATES PATENT OF-FIE
27,114,913
LOCK PROTECTGR
Roy E. Grossman, Joplin, Mo.
Application July 14, 1937, Serial No. 153,644
4 Claims. (Cl. 'l0-56)
This invention relates to protectors for locks
exposed to weather elements, for shielding and
boxes of Figures 1 and 6 are each oi the type now
,in general use, for mail collection purposes, and
protecting the locks against becoming wet, there
by preventing freezing and rusting thereof, and
each includes a body I having the usual drop
door 2 hinged thereto,'the only difference being
e its general object is to provide a protecting shield
that is primarily designed for use on mail boxes
and the like, to retain the locks thereof dry„so
that they can be readily opened regardless of
weather conditions.
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A further object is to provide a lock protector,
that the door of the form as shown in Figure l»
and expeditious manner, and allows ready access
dicated by the reference numeral 3 is bent on the
fold line 4 to provide an overhanging portion 5
that has its lower edge curved as at 6 inwardly
toward the body portion 'I to provide a channel
is 'disposed at the front of the box and the door
for the form as sho-wn in Figure 6 is disposed on
one side of the box. The attaching member or
holder of my protector is preferably made from a
single strip of metal of rectangular formation as
that can be secured in position for use in an easy ' best shown in Figure 5 and the strip which is in
to the lock under all conditions.
'
Another object is to provide a lock protector in
“ the form of a shield for disposal over the lock and
which is simple in construction, inexpensive to
manufacture and extremely eiïicient in use and
service.
This invention also consists in certain other
features of construction and in the combination
and arrangement of the several parts, to be here
inafter fully described, illustrated in the accom
panying drawing and speciñcally pointed out in
the appended claims.
In describing the invention in detail, reference
will be had to the accompanying drawing wherein
like characters denote like or corresponding parts
throughout the several views, and in which:
Figure 1 is a front view of one 'form of mail box
30 showing my protector attached thereto and posi
tioned over the lock of the door thereof.
Figure 2 is a sectional view taken approximately
on line 2_2 of Figure 1, looking in the direction
of the arrows.
Figure 3 is a front view of the mounting mem
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ber or flap holder.
Figure 4 is a top plan view partly in section
illustrating the protector on an enlarged scale
and secured to the box.
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Figure 5 is a view of the blank from which the Y
mounting member or holder is made.
Figure 6 is a side elevation of another form of
mail box with my protector secured thereto and in
use.
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'
Figure 7 is a sectional view taken approximately
online l--l of Figure 6.
Figure 8 is a vertical sectional view taken
through a. slightly modified form of protector.
Referring to the drawing in detail, it will be
50 noted that I have illustrated my protector ap
plied to two different types of mail boxes, for
protecting or shielding the locking means there
for, but I want it understood that my protector
can be used for locks for any purpose, and is not
55 necessarily conñned to mail box locks. The mail
pocket for cooperation with the body portion ’l
for a purpose which will be presently described.
The strip is further bent on the fold line 8 to
provide an outwardly inclined portion 9, and the
body portion has a plurality of countersunk open
ings IV0 therein arranged in row formation for the
purpose of receiving the bolts of bolt and nut con
nections II for securing the mounting member to
the mail box or any other suitable supporting
>means having a lock associated therewith or ad
jacent thereto and which is exposed to the
weather elements. The curved portion 6 is
notched as at I2, so that the heads of the bolts
can be readily passed therethrough in applying
the holder in position for use.
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'I'he blank also has formed therewith ears I3
extending from the side edges thereof, and the
ears are bent to close the ends of the pocket, as
clearly shown in Figure 4.
The flap of my protector includes a single sheet 35
I4 of suitable flexible waterproof material, such
as rubber, and formed on one edge of the sheet
I4 is a bead I5 for disposal in the pocket of the
holder as best shown in Figures 2 and 7, it being
obvious that the bead is’slidably mounted in the 40
pocket, thence the ears I3 are bent about the
sides of the holder to retain the flap therein. The
sheet I4 is preferably reinforced by a sheet IS
of cloth or any suitable fabric material, and the
iiap is of suflicient length to extend from the
holder a suitable distance to completely cover
either the door carried lock Il of the form as
shown in Figures 1 and 2, or the padlock I8 of
the form as shown in Figures 6 and '7.
It will be noted that the flap follows the shape 50
of the outwardly inclined portion 9 which directs
the same in a plane outwardly beyond the lock
ing means, and thence the iiap depends from the
portion 9 for disposal in front of the locking
means, the flap being of sufficient width to ex 55
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tend a considerable distance beyond the oppo
site sides of the locking means, as will be ap
parent upon inspection of Figures 1 and. 6, conse
quently the locking means will be retained dry
to prevent freezing or rusting thereof so that
it can be readily opened under all circumstances.
I preferably provide a plurality of grooves I S
in the outer surface of the sheet I4 and which
extend across the same, as best shown in Fig
ures 1 and 6, to facilitate cutting the ñap to
the desired length, the grooves acting as guide
means, as will be apparent.
The grooves also
act to allow for free bending of the fla-p when
lifting the same to obtain access to the lock.
In the form of ñap as best shown in Figures
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2 and 7, I provide the sheet of fabric material
on the back of the sheet I4, While in Figure
8 a sheet 20 of fabric material is embedded
within the sheet 2| of waterproof material. In
20 Figure 8 I have also illustrated gaskets 22 that
are disposed between the body portion ‘l of the
holder and the Wall of the box, to provide a leak
proof connection between the same, as will be
apparent, and the gaskets may be formed from
25 portions cut from the flap.
It is thought from the foregoing description
that the advantages and novel features of the in
vention will be readily apparent, and it might
be mentioned that the holder and flap can be
30 used separately, if desired. When the nap is
used without the holder, it can be secured di~
rectly to the box or other means above the lock,
by suitable fastening means, such as bolt and
nut connections.
It is to be understood that changes may be
35
made in the construction and in the combina
tion and arrangement of the several parts, pro
vided that such changes fall within the scope of
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disposal over the lock to cover and protect the
latter from weather elements.
2. A lock protector comprising a flexible rein
forced water proof flap, a bead formed on one
edge of said flap, a holder for the flap and in 5
cluding a body portion having openings there
in, an overhanging portion extending from the
body portion and curved toward the latter to pro
vide a pocket for detachably receiving the bead,
means to retain the bead Within the pocket, and 10
means extending through the openings for se
curing the holder in position for use to suitable
supporting means with the flap depending from
the holder for disposal over the lock to cover and
protect the latter from Weather elements.
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3. A lock protector comprising a flexible water
proof ñap, a bead formed on one edge of said
ñap, a holder for the flap and including a body
portion having openings therein, an overhanging
portion extending from the body portion and 20
curved toward the latter to provide a pocket de
tachably receiving the bead, means to retain the
bead Within the pocket, an outwardly inclined
portion depending from the body, and means ex
tending through the openings for securing the 25
holder in position for use to suitable supporting
means with the flap resting upon the outwardly
inclined portion to direct the flap outwardly
therefrom for disposal over the lock to cover,
and protect the latter from weather elements„`\.30
and leak proof means for disposal between the
body portion and the supporting means.
4. A lock protector comprising a flexible re
inforced transversely grooved waterproof flap, a
bead formed on one edge of the flap, a holder for
the ñap and including a body portion, an over
hanging portion extending from the body por
tion and curved toward the latter to provide a
the appended claims.
pocket for detachably receiving the bead, bend
What I claim is:
1. A lock protector comprising a flexible rein
forcing weather proof flap, a bead formed on
one edge of said flap, a holder for the flap and
able tongues formed on the ends of the body
portion to close the end of the pocket for holding 40
the bead in the latter, and means for securing the
holder in position for use with the flap depend
ing therefrom for disposal over the lock to cover
and protect the latter from weather elements.
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ROY E. CROSSMAN.
including a pocket to detachably receive the bead,
and means for securing the holder in position for
use with the ñap depending from the holder for
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