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Nov. 5, 1946.
w. R. SCHLAGE
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FACE PLATE
Filed March 15, 1944
'2 Sheets-Sheet l
INVEN TOR.
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Nov. 5, 1946..
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FACE PLATE
Filed March 15, 1944
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INVENT‘OR.
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Patented Nov. 5, 1946
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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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;
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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
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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.
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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.
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