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Oct. 30, 1962‘
Filed March 30, 1959
Roberf" AF. Jorgen sen
BY 2% MM?
United States Patent 0 " ICC
Patented Oct. 30, 1962
Robert A. Jorgensen, P.0. Box 245, Edmonds, Wash.
Filed Mar. 30, 1959, Ser. No. 802,997
3 Claims. (Cl. 292—17)
member 14 on which they are mounted and spaced slight
ly therefrom. The arms terminate in jaw members 34,
36 which may be formed with exterior pockets 38, 40
respectively as well as with strike-guiding, converging,
outer surfaces 42, 44.
This invention relates to door catches for use together
with a door strike in holding a door, particularly a cab
tongue 20, arms 30, 32 and jaws 42, 44 preferably is
formed integrally from a substantially abrasion-resistant
The catch assembly thus described, including base 16,
plastic such as nylon, polyethylene, polyacrylate, or poly
inet door, in open or closed position.
An important and commonly encountered defect of con 10 ester.
Spring means are provided for urging jaws 42, 44 to
ventional door catches is their inability to self-align with
ward each other after their lateral displacement by entry
out imposing excessive strain on the catch parts due to
of strike 10 between them. It is a particular feature of
inaccurate strike installation, or to changes in the relative
the present invention that the spring pressure is applied
position of the strike and catch occasioned, for example,
by settling or shifting of the structural members to which 15 principally at or near the jaws without binding arms 30,
they are attached.
32. As a consequence, the catch becomes self-aligning
to compensate ‘for faulty installation or shifting of the
The strains set up in this manner
frequently result in weakening of the grip of the catch,
relative positions of the catch and strike, without, how
ever, sacri?cing or substantially diminishing the gripping
Still ‘further, many commercially available catches are 20 power of the jaws. This is illustrated schematically by
and in breakage of springs which may be present as com
ponent parts therein.
the dotted outline positions of strike 10 shown in FIG. 1.
To this end a leaf spring 45 of generally U-shaped con
?guration and preferably of either stainless or carbon
made of plastic which is subject to cold flow. This causes
the catches to become misaligned, or to lose their gripping
ability. Because of these factors, the conventional catches
steel, is seated in recess 18, its terminal portions entering
25 recesses 38, 40 of the arms. In effect, therefore, it ?oats
are complicated and expensive.
on the catch assembly and exerts spring pressure opposing
It is the general object of the present invention to pro
separation of jaws 34, 36 without binding the arms which
vide an inexpensive, easily installed door catch which is
mount the jaws. Hence where the strike and catch are
positive in its action and which overcomes the foregoing
misaligned, the jaws of the catch will swing to the strike.
di?iculties even though it may be manufactured from only
The spring then follows, but there is no strain on the
two parts and accordingly is remarkably simple in its
spring other than the normal pressure which it exerts on
the jaws.
The manner in which the above and other objects of
A form of the invention incorporating still another type
this invention are accomplished will be apparent from the
of spring and spring mounting is illustrated in FIGS. 3
accompanying speci?cation and claims considered together
necessarily are made of numerous parts and as a result
with the drawings, wherein:
35 and 4.
In this form of the invention a round or arrow
[head strike 50 is mounted on a door 52 and positioned
FIGS. 1 and 2 are plan and side elevational views re
spectively of the presently described door catch in a ?rst
to engage a catch mounted on an adjacent structural
embodiment; and
member 54. The catch includes a ‘base 56 which may be
secured to the support member by screws 58, 60. A
FIG. 3 and 4 are plan and side elevational views re
spectively of the presently described door catch in a sec
ond embodiment.
In its broad aspect, the door catch of my invention com
prises a base provided With means for attachment to a
cabinet door frame or to other structural member. A
pair of ?exible arms extend outwardly ‘from the base in
the direction of the strike and terminate in opposed jaws
spaced to grip the strike releasably. Spring means then
are provided for applying resilient pressure primarily to
the jaw portions of the arms, thereby permitting lineal
adjustment of the catch as required to accommodate the
door strike when aligned, and also in various positions
of mis-alignment.
The door catch illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2 is designed
tongue 62 and ?exible arms 64, 66 project outwardly
from the base. The arms are provided at their terminal
extremities with jaws 68, 70‘ formed with guiding surfaces
72, 74 respectively. These members preferably are
‘formed from an integral piece of plastic.
Spring pressure is brought to bear against jaws 68, 70
‘by means of a leaf spring 76 which may be pressed into
the plastic from the underside. It is to be noted particu
larly that this spring, like spring 45 of FIGS. 1 and 2,
?oats in its suspension so that pressure is exerted prin
cipally on the jaws without impairing the ?exibility of
arms 64, 66.
Accordingly it will be apparent that by the present in
vention I have provided a door catch which has manifold
for use with a strike member such as round headed screw 55 advantages. First, it includes but few parts and is easily
10. This is mounted on one of the two relatively mov
‘and inexpensively manufactured. Second, it compensates
able members, preferably on door 12, which the catch is
designed to anchor in position. The catch itself is mount
ed on the other such member, for example, on a cabinet
shelf or framing member 14.
The catch comprises a base 16 having an external re
cess or groove 18 in its terminal portion and a centrally
located, inwardly extending tongue 20. Where the struc
for either vertical or horizontal alignment of the strike.
Third, it can be installed easily and rapidly in a variety
of installation situations. Fourth, it is extremely durable
and has a long service life. Also, it is of attractive design
‘and appearance.
It is to be understood that the ‘form of my invention
herein shown and described is to be taken as a preferred
tural member on which the catch is mounted is made of
example of the same and that various changes in the
wood, the base may be affixed thereto by means of screws 65 shape, size and arrangement of parts may be resorted to
without departing from the spirit of my invention or the
24, 26. However, where the structural member is made
of metal, other suitable attaching means may be employed
such as a snap molded into the body and adapted to en
gage a hole punched through the metal.
scope of the subjoined claims.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. A door catch adapted for use with a door strike
A pair of ?exible arms 30, 32 extend outwardly from 70 and comprising a one-piece body member formed of
the base in the direction of strike 10, preferably being
plastic material and including a base adapted for attach
substantially parallel to the planar surface of structural
ment in a stationary position to a structural member, a pair
of elongated ?exible arms projecting forwardly from the
base in laterally spaced relation, and opposed jaws on
portions of the spring extending ‘forwardly alongside the
elongated arms with its terminal ends directed inwardly
and seated in recesses in the opposed jaws.
3. The door catch of claim 1 wherein the spring is dis
ally clamping a strike therebetween, the jaws being mov
able laterally relative to the stationary base by lateral 5 posed between the laterally spaced arms, the intermediate
portion of the spring being positioned adjacent the for»
?exing of the arms, and a leaf spring having forwardly
ward end of the base and the spaced end portions of the
projecting opposite terminal ends engaging and resiliently
spring extending forwardly with their terminal ends in
interconnecting the jaws, the arms and spring being dis
engagement with the opposed jaws.
posed in a substantially common plane, the intermediate
the outer ends of the arms and spaced apart for friction
portion of the spring extending rearwardly from the jaws 10
to provide unobstructed passage of a door strike through
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
the space between the jaws, the spring being supported
on the body member for movement relative to the sta
Gravatt ______________ __ Mar. 8, 1870
tionary base, whereby when one of the jaws is displaced
laterally relative to the stationary base by a misaligned 15
Greenawalt __________ __ Apr. 4, 1899
strike the interconnecting spring causes the other jaw to
Dunbar _____________ -_ Dec. 16, 1902
follow the displaced jaw, thereby substantially maintain
ing the spaced apart clamping relationship of the laterally
displaced jaws.
2. The door catch of claim 1 wherein the intermediate
portion of the spring extends around the rear side of the
base and is retained freely in a recess in the rear side
of the base for lateral movement therein, the spaced end
McCauley ____________ __ July 9, 1907
Bergdorf ____________ __ Dec. 4, 1951
Loeb ________________ __ June 5, 1956
Ahlgren _____________ __ July 26, 1960
Great Britain _____________ __ of 1894
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