Dec. 31, 1946. J. FREELANDER WINDOW SCREEN CATCH Filed Jan. 10, 1945 #1 5 2,413,444 Patented Dec. 31, 1946 2,413,444 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,413,444 WINDOW SCREEN CATCH Julius Freelander, Kansas City, Mo. Application January 10, 1945, Serial No. 572,142 1 Claim. (01. 292-218) My invention relates to improvements in window screen catches. One of the objects of my invention is to provide a novel window screen catch, which may be 2 gaged releasably successively and lockingly by said arm, when said latch member 4 is swung downwardly between the portions It to the lock ing position, as shown in the drawing. The easily and quickly applied to any ordinary win- 5 ratchet member 9 is provided with means adapt dow screen, which will ?rmly hold the screen in ed to securely hold it in the operative position, its proper closed position, which is simple, cheap above described, which, as shown, comprises an to make and install in its operative position, angular baseyportion [2, adapted to be fastened, which is durable, and is e?icient in its operation. as shown, to the upper side of the sill l, between The novel features of my invention are here- 10 the screen frame 2 and the sash 3 by two screws inafter fully described and claimed. In the accompanying drawing, which illustrates the preferred embodiment of my invention, l3. In operation, the screen frame 2 is pulled in wardly by the operator holding the hooked end Fig. 1 is a side view of my improved screen of thelatch member 4, until the lower end of the catch shown in operative locking position between 15 frame 2 strikes the slanting upper side of the a window screen frame and the sash, parts being sill l. The latch member 4 is then swung down shown in elevation, parts in vertical section, and wardly between the upstanding portions in of Parts broken aWaYthe ratchet member 9. In such downward move Fig. 2 is a top view of part of what is shown in ment, the detent arms 8 will respectively engage Fig- 120 the ratchet teeth ll of the two rows successively Fig- 3 is an inside elevation of What is Shown in until the detent arms are lockingly engaged with ‘ Fig. 2. two of the teeth respectively. To release the Similar characters of reference designate simscreen frame 2, the upper end portions of the ila-l‘ Parts in the di?el‘ent VieWSportions l0 are forced outwardly, releasing the I designates an ordinary window sill, 2 a win- 25 detent arms 8, after which the latch member 4 dow screen'frame above the window sill, and 3 is swung upwardly from its engaging position the lowerrwindow sash at the inner side of the with the ratchet member, Screen frame and Spaced therefromMany modi?cations of my invention, within the, 4 designates a latch member, which in the form scope of the appended claim, may he made with shown comprises a cylindrical rod having a hand so out departing from the spirit of my invention. engaging hook 5 at its inner end. Means are WhatI claimis; provided for PiVO'GiIIg the Outer end of the latch In a window screen catch, in combination with member to the inner side of the screen frame 2, a latch member having a, lateral arm, of means which means’ as Shown’ comprises 9' screw eye 6 adapted to pivot said latch member on a hori mounted in the inner side of the frame 2 and 35 zontal axis to the inner side of a window screen frame, a ratchet member comprising a resilient having its eye pivotally engaged with an eye ‘I plate having an upstanding portion with a plu on the outer end of the latch member 4. rality of ratchet teeth, one above the other, and The latch member 4- has extending horizontally means adapted to attach the lower portion of said through it a transverse pin having projecting ends which form detent arms 8 disposed inter40 mediate of the hand hook 5 and the eye -I_ ratchet member to the upper side of the window A ratchet member is provided for releasably lockingly engaging the arms a of the latch mem_ her 4, forh'oldmg the, latter in the locking posh ‘sill spaced from and at the inner side of the screen frame, and in a'position in which said ratchet ,teeth w1ll extend inwardly and Will be successively tion, holdingthe lower end of the screen frame 45 §tm°k aim pressed outwardly, with Said upstand 2 against the upper side of the slanting portion of the Window 5111 |_ Such ratchet member in the form shown com- mg Pcrtlon, ‘by Sam arm’ hen Said latch mem her is swung downwardly with said arm at the inner Side of said upstanding portion, said up prises afpreferably resilient metal plate 9 havStanding Dori/i011 being Sprung forwardly manu ing two spaced apart upstanding portions In, each 50 ally when it is desired to free said latch memberv having on its inner side, one above the other, a and permit its upward swinging t0 a release plurality of ratchet teeth I I adapted to be in the path of one of the detent arms 8 and to be 811* position, JULIUS FREELANDER.