Nov. 5, 1946. w. R. SCHLAGE 2,410,462 > FACE PLATE Filed March 15, 1944 '2 Sheets-Sheet l INVEN TOR. ‘ A Tram/2x Nov. 5, 1946.. ' w, R, SCHLAGE ’ 2,4m4s2 FACE PLATE Filed March 15, 1944 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENT‘OR. 717424 hi" ' . ATTOR =’ v. Patented Nov. 5, 1946 .462 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,410,462 FACE PLATE Walter R. Schlage, Burlingame, Calif. Application March 15, 1944, Serial No. 526,832 9 Claims. (Cl. 292-337) 1 2 This invention relates to door locks, and espe cially to a face plate for use in conjunction with the latch bolt housing of a door lock. The pres tially inserted in the door, said housing having ent invention discloses an improved and modi?ed housing fully inserted and the face plate engag ing the outer edge of the door; a face plate secured on its outer end; Fig. 2 is a similar view showing the latch bolt structure when compared with the structure shown in my recent Patent No. 2,327,070 entitled “Face plate,” issued August 17, 1943. Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the outer end of the latch bolt housing shown in Fig, 1, with the face plate removed; There are a number of different types of door locks which are mounted or applied to a door by Fig. 4 is a perspective View of a collar which the simple expedient of drilling two holes therein, 10 cooperates from the face plate shown in Figs. 1 one longitudinally through the edge of the door and 2; Fig. 5 is a perspective view showing a modi? other at right angles thereto, or crosswise through cation of the collar; the opposite faces of the door. In the ?rst hole Fig. 6 is a perspective view showing the front is inserted a latch bolt housing containing a latch 15 end of the face plate shown in Figs. 1 and 2; Fig. '7 is a horizontal longitudinal section taken bolt and associated retracting mechanism, and parallel to the opposite faces of the door and the , on line VII-VII of Fig. 2. in the second is inserted a spindle housing con taining a spindle and rollback mechanism. In Fig. 8 is a view ‘similar ‘to Fig. 7 showing the most instances the latch bolt housing is secured manner in which the collar adjusts itself to the or anchored against removal by the spindle hous 20 outer edge of a door when the outer edge is bev eled. ing, as it passes through the latch bolt housing, Figs. 9 and 10 are perspective views similar to but even so the latch bolt housing is provided Figs. 1 and ‘2 showing two modi?ed forms of the with a permanently secured face plate at its outer face Plate; end which is secured to the edge of the door by Fig. 11 is a perspective view showing the type of screws to further secure the latch bolt housing collar' employed ' in connection with the face against removal. When the latch bolt housing is anchored by the spindle housing, the face plate plates shown in Figs; 9 and 10; at ‘the outer end could be entirely eliminated, but it is employed nevertheless because it lends a ?n ish or ornamental appearance to which the pub of the latch bolt housing shown in Figs. 9 and 10; Fig. 13 is a perspective view of the face plate lic has become accustomed. shown in Fig. '9; - Fig. 12 is a perspective view of the outer end ' The object of the present ‘invention is gener_ ally to improve and simplify the construction and operation 'of face plates of the character de scribed; to provide a face plate which can be permanently or detachably secured to the outer end of a latch bolt housing; to provide a face plate which will frictionally secure the latch bolt housing when inserted in a door until perma nently secured by insertion of the spindle hous ing; to provide a face plate which will accommo 7 ularly Figs. 1 and 2, it will be noted that a type of door lock is illustrated which may be mounted or assembled in a door by the simple expedient of boring two holes therein, one through the edge of the door parallel to the faces 2 and 3 of the date itself to any bevel which may be formed on the edge of a door; to provide a face plate which requires no screws or similar means to secure a5. it in place; and further, to provide a face plate which is simple and cheap to manufacture, which may be quickly and readily applied, and which may be formed by punch and die operation from; r Fig. 14 is a perspective view of the face plate shown in Fig. 10; and Figs. 15, 16 and 17 are longitudinal, horizontal ‘.sectional views of the structures shown in Figs. 9 and 10. Referring to the drawings in detail and partie door 'as indicated at 4, and one at right angles. or transverse thereto. as indicated at 5. 'Insertable in the hole :1 is-a latch bolt housing, generally indicated at B, and adapted to anchor the latch bolt housing against endwise removal from the hole is a spindle housing; not shown, which 'extendsthrough theopposite side walls any suitable metal such as sheet brass, steel or 50 ; t—-§ of the latch bolt housing and the hole 5. otherwise. ' When 'a‘ latch bolt ‘housing is mounted and The invention is shown by way of illustration anchored in the manner described, it becomes ap in the accompanying drawings. in which ’ parent that a face plate at the outer end of the Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a portion of a latch bolt ‘housing will vbe more or less unneces door, showing a latch bolt housing which is par 5.5 sary.’ 'Such‘ face plates are nevertheless employed 2,410,462 3 4 and, not only that, they are usually permanently laterally projecting ?anges l5—|5. These ?anges secured to the outer end of the latch bolt hous ing, and in addition thereto, are secured to the edge of the door by wood screws. The only reason for employing a face plate at all is that it pro vides a certain amount of ?nish or ornamental form a seat for the face plate A (see Fig. 6) and after the face plate is applied it may be secured by bending the ?anges 9 in under the ?anges l5, as shown in Figs. ‘7 and 8; the collar shown in Fig. 4 being applied by simply slipping it endwise appearance, and for that reason is demanded by over the housing B. the buying public. In Fig. 12 the latch bolt housing is provided with punched-pout lugs or projections Iii-i6 and _ The purpose of the present invention is to pro vide a face plate of the character described which 10 the face plate shown in Fig. 14 is shown as pro vided with a pair of resilient arms H-ll per will not only ?ll the demand for ?nish and orna mental appearance, but also will serve other pur forated at the outer ends as shown at I 8-18 to snap over the lugs IE and thereby detachably poses hereafter to be described. secure the face plate to the housing, the collar Referring to Figs. 1, 2 and 6, A indicates a face plate having a square or rectangular opening 8 15 shown in Fig. 11 being thereafter applied by slip formed therein to permit the latch bolt 1 to be pin'git endwise over the housing B, or the face guided thereby and to project therethrough. plate shown in Fig. 14 may be inserted in the col Formed on the rear side of the face plate is an lar shown in Fig. 11 and the two parts thus as annular flange 9 and forming a part of said ?ange sembled may be applied to the end of the hous are a pair of opposed rocker members ill-4B. 20 ing shown in Fig. 12 and interlocked therewith Surrounding and cooperating with the face by snapping the arms ll-l'l over lugs l6—l6 plate shown in Figs, 1, 2 and 6 is a collar (see Fig. as shown in Figs. 10 and 16. 4) which is provided with an annular ?ange at l2 In Figs. 9, 13, 15 and 17 the arms l‘|—l1 are at its outer end, and a bottom section 13 at the shown as bent back upon themselves to form re inner end. This bottom section has an opening 25 silient ?ngers i9—l9. These ?ngers center ‘the l4 formed therein which will register with the latch bolt housing with relation to therhole 4 and opening 8 in the face plate when the collar and at the same time serve to frictionally secure the face plate are assembled. The assembling of the housing and face plate assembly against removal. two is accomplished by merely inserting the face In Fig. 5 it will be noted that the same result plate in the collar in a position where the rocker 30 is accomplished by providing the collar with re members will engage and rest on the bottom por silient ?ngers such as indicated at 20-20. Hence tion l3. The ?ange 9 of the face plate is of the ?ngers may be mounted either on the collar or the face plate. smaller diameter than the interior of the collar l2 so that there will be sul?cient play to permit In actual practice, if the lock is to be applied to movement of the face plate with relation to the 35 a wooden door such as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, collar or vice-versa. The ?ange 9, as previously the holes 4 and 5 are ?rst bored by a brace and stated, is provided with rocker-like projections II] bit or like tool, and thus are round in cross sec which engage the bottom portion of the collar tion. The latch bolt housing on the other hand I 2. This engagement serves several functions. is square or rectangular in cross section, and open First, it maintains the ?ange l2 of the collar sub 40 spaces M at opposite sides of the housing would stantially ?ush with the outer face of the face be left if the collar and face plate A were not em plate A, and its second function is that of per ployed. Hence‘, before the latch bolt housing is mitting the collar to rock with relation to the inserted in the hole 4, the assembled collar and face plate so as to accommodate itself to the bev face plate is ?rst slipped over the outer end of eled edge of a door. That is,‘ the outer edge of the housing. In doing so the arms will ride over most doors which are properly ?tted are slightly the‘ protrusions or lugs I6, and when the per beveled, as shown in Fig. 8, in order to insure‘ a forations ill of the arms [1 register therewith, snug.?t when a door is closed. Hence, if a door they will snap over and the face plate and collar is beveled, the collar may tilt on the rocker-like will be secured and will limit inward movement" projections of the ?ange 9, and assume a position 50 of the latch bolt housing when inserted. The face ?ush with the beveled surface of the door. If plate A together with the collar will completely the edge cf‘the door is not beveled the collar close the hole with the exception of the opening will assume the position shown in Fig. 7. An 8 through which the latch bolt extends and the other reason for providing a rocker connection ?nish and ornamenal appearance required is ob between the collar and face plate is illustrated 55 tained, and as a limited rocking movement is pro in Fig. 17. In that view it will be noted that the vided between the face plate and collar, they will latch bolt housing B is disposed on an angle to accommodate themselves to a bevel surface, if the hole 4 in which it is mounted. This may be such a surface is provided. due to two factors. First the hole 5 may not have The collar should be of the same diameter as been drilled at right angles to the hole 4 or, sec 60 the hole 4 so as to center the latch bolt housing ond, some types of spindle housings have adjust therein. But even though the hole should be able escutcheon plates and if they are not prop slightly oversized, the arms I‘! and the ?ngers erly adjusted the latch bolt housing may assume l9 will center it, and not only that, but will hold the angular position shown in Fig. 17. Hence, ' the outer end of the housing against rattling and no matter whether the outer edge of the door is 65 will cushion it.. Also the arms I7 and ?ngers beveled or vthe latch bolt housing assumes an _ angle to the hole Lthe collar I2 will automatical l9 will frictionally hold the latch bolt housing against both rotation and endwise movement until the housing is ?nally anchored and secured in place by the spindle housing as previously ly adjust itself with relation to the face plate or the face plate will‘ adjust itself with relation to the collar and all of this without introducing 70 described. any strains or clamping action which might inter The form of face plate shown in Figs. 9 and 10 fere with the proper working of the latch bolt or is known as a detachable type as it is held only connected operating mechanism. by the protrusions IE and the spring arms H, In Fig. 3 it ‘will be noted that the outer end of and as such may be quickly and readily removed the latch bolt‘housing is provided with a pair of 75 to change and repair as desirable. m. 2,410,462 rl‘he form shown in Figs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 is not detachable as the ?anges 9 of the face plate are permanently bent over the ?anges l5—-l5 of the latch bolt housing; hence the face plate may be permanently or detachably secured to the latch bolt housing, and while these and other features of the invention have been more or less speci?cally described and illustrated, it is to be understood that various changes may be resorted to Within the scope of the appended claims. Having thus described and illustrated my in— vention, what I claim and wish to secure by Letters Patent is: l. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which is insertable in a hole in the edge of a door, means securing the face plate to the outer end of the latch bolt housing a collar surrounding 6 5. A face plate for latch bolt housings which are insertable in a hole drilled in the edge of a door comprising a circular-shaped face plate for the outer end of the latch bolt housing, a rearwardly extending ?ange on said plate, a pair of ?exible arms one on each side forming an extension of the ?ange and extending sub stantially parallel to the side of' the latch bolt housing, means forming a detachable interlock between said arms and the latch bolt housing to secure the face plate against removal, a collar surrounding the annular ?ange of the face plate and substantially ?tting and closing the hole bored in the edge of the door, and a rocker con nection formed between the collar and the annu lar ?ange on the face plate to permit the collar to assume an angular position with relation to the said face plate and having an outer ?ange to face plate where the edge of the door is beveled. limit inward movement of the collar with rela 6. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which tion to the door, an inner support on the collar 20 is insertable in a hole in the edge of a door, to limit inward movement of the face plate with means securing the face plate to the outer end of relation to the collar and means for automatically the latch bolt housing, a collar surrounding said aligning the collar with relation to the angle of face plate and having an out-turned ?ange to a door edge when the face plate is inserted into limit inward movement of the collar with relation the door. to the door, and a rocking connection between 2. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which the face plate and collar permitting angular is insertable in a hole drilled in the edge of a alignment of the collar with relation to the door, means for detachably securing said face beveled edge of a door when the latch bolt housing is inserted. plate to the latch bolt housing, a ?ange collar surrounding and supporting the face plate, the '7. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which ?ange on the collar limiting inward movement is insertable in a hole in the edge of a door, of the collar with relation to the door, and means means securing the face plate to the outer end of for frictionally securing the collar and face plate the latch bolt housing, a collar surrounding said in the hole. face plate and having an outer ?ange to limit 3. A device of the character described com inward movement of the said collar when in prising a circular-shaped face plate having an serted in the door, an innner face on said collar opening formed therein to receive and guide a ' to support the face plate, and means for auto latch bolt, an annular rearwardly extending ?ange matically adjusting and aligning the collar with relation to the beveled edge of a door. formed on the face plate, a pair of ?exible arms one on each side forming an extension of the 40 8. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which ?ange and extending rearwardly therefrom, a collar surrounding the annular ?ange of the is insertable in a hole drilled in the edge of a door, means for securing said face plate to the housing, face plate, and means forming a rocker con a ?anged collar surrounding the face plate and nection between the collar and the face plate. also insertable in the outer end of the hole, means 4. A device of the character described compris 45 limiting inward movement of the face plate with ing a circular-shaped face plate having an open in the collar, and other means for angularly ad justing the ?anged collar with relation to the ing formed therein to receive and guide a latch beveled edge of a door. bolt, an annular rearwardly extending ?ange formed on the face plate, a pair of ?exible arms 9. A face plate for a latch bolt housing which one on each side forming an extension of the . is insertable in a hole drilledin the edge of a ?ange and extending rearwardly therefrom, a door, means for securing said ‘face plate to the latch bolt housing, a collar having an annular pair of rocker like extensions on the inner edge ?ange surrounding and supporting the face plate of the annular ?ange, a collar surrounding the in the hole, the ?ange of the collar limiting in annular ?ange, and a pair of inturned members on the collar engaging the rocker extensions, . ward movement of the collar therein, and other said extensions retaining the collar against move ment beyond the outer face of the face plate and also forming a rocker connection between the collar and face plate. means for self-aligning and conforming the an nular ?ange to the angle of a door edge when inserted. WALTER R. SCI-ILAGE.