NOV. 19, 1946. A. F. ENGELJOHN LATCH CONSTRUCTION Filed Feb. 4, 1944 Inn“ k9 llmllllllllli I 2,411,197 2,411,197 Patented Nov. 19, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,411,197 LATCH CONSTRUCTION Alvin F. Engeljohn, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Jack K. Dromgold, Chicago, Ill., and Howard A. Glenn, Oak Park, Ill. Application February 4, 1944, Serial No. 521,026 1 Claim. (01. 292—189) 2 1 the under side of the vertically slidable latch bolt My invention relates to a latch construction. 9 and causes it to ride upwardly in the vertical One of the objects of my invention is to pro vide an improved latch construction comprising a ‘ slots 8 until the rear edge of the overhanging por tion I I of the keeper has passed from underneath latch member which is invertible and designed so the sliding bolt 9. Thereupon the latch bolt drops that it will properly engage a hook in either of its down to the position shown‘in Fig. 2 to hold the two positions so that the latch construction may door securely latched in open position. The over be used either for a right-hand opening door or hanging portion II, as shown in Fig. 2, prevents a left-hand opening door. the bolt 9 from ?ying upwardly, due to vibration Further objects and advantages of the inven tion will be apparent from the description and 10 when the latch is in latched position. The tip I2 of the keeper acts as a bumper by engaging the claim. central portion I3 of the base 5. In the drawing, in which an embodiment of Further modi?cation will be apparent to those my invention is shown, skilled in the art and it is desired, therefore, that Figure 1 is a plan view showing the keeper ap plied to the door of a car and the latch engaging 15 the invention be limited only by the scope of the the keeper and applied to the side of the car; appended claim. ’ Having thus described my invention, what I _ Fig. 2 is an elevational view of the construc claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: tion of Fig. l; \ A latch construction capable of latching in open Fig. 3 is a horizontal section showing part of the side of a car and the two hinged doors open 20 position either a right-hand swinging door or a left-hand swinging door to a vertical support ad ing in opposite directions, with the latch con jacent an opposing vertical surface of the door struction for latching the doors open; and when open comprising a latch having a base hav Fig. 4 is a detail of the keeper hook. ing a ?at surface for engaging one of said vertical Referring to the drawing in detail, the con struction shown comprises a hook-like keeper 25 surfaces, a pair of horizontally spaced arms ex I which may be secured to the outer side of a swinging car door 2 and a latch 3 for coopera tending forwardly from said base transversely of said ?at surface for receiving a keeper therebe tween, each arm having a substantially vertical tion with the keeper secured to the outer face slot therein, a horizontally extending latch bolt of the side 4 of the car. This latch comprises a base 5 having a substantially flat surface for 30 for engagement with a keeper hook extending through said slots and vertically slidable therein, engaging the side II of the car, a pair of arms 6 and a keeper having a base having a flat surface extending forwardly from said base for receiving for engaging the other vertical surface and hav the keeper hook ‘I therebetween, each arm 6 hav ing a retaining hook portion extending from said ing a substantially vertical slot 8 therein, and a latch bolt 9 for engagement with the keeper hook 35 base for entering between said arms for engage ‘I extending through said slots 8 and vertically ment with said bolt and an inclined portion for engaging the bolt to raise it and allow it to drop slidable therein. The plane of the ?at surface which engages the side of the car is oblique to for engagement with the hook, whereby the latch the plane of movement of the axis of the latch may be inverted, thereby enabling the bolt prior to bolt 9 whereby the latch may be inverted so as 40 latching to rest at one end of the slot for lifting engagement by the keeper when in one position to be useful for latching inopen position either I a right-hand opening door or a left-hand opening and to rest at the other end of the slot for lifting door as shown in Fig. 3. ‘ In use, when the car door 2 is swung open, the sloping portion I0 of the keeper hook ‘I engages 45 engagement by the keeper when in inverted p051 ion. ALVIN F. ENGELJOHN.