F. C. Goffin, of New York City, has taken thod of fastening the doors of safes, c. The inventor has succeeded in discarding the present system of attaching the lock to the door of safes, c, which he considers highly objectionable, the door being the most vulnerable part Thisisevidencedfromthefactthat it is generally attacked by burglars, who, if they succeed in forcing the outer case, have easy access to the lock. But, by the present plan, Hie lock can be attached to the casing of the safe itself. The main idea followed out is to have a continuous bolt moving along the length of all the sides of the door, which, when the lock is fastened, secures every part equally and firmly. For this purpose he proposes to employ iron movable flanges at the top and bottom of the door. About the centre of the outer plate of the door is a disc, having two rods attached to its face by pivots situated near its edge; now, by turning this disc, the rods will be drawn to or from it, and as the ends of the rods are attached to the outer edges of the flanges, it follows oi course that, by turning the disc, both flanges wil] be elevated or depressed. The outer edges of these flanges are made to bear against cleets attached to the top and bottom of the mouthpiece ot the door. There is, moreover, another flange attached to that side of the mouthpiece, whih is not guarded by the first-named flanges. This latter flange works in pivots attached to the before-mentioned cleets, and when the door is closed, this flange bears against a catch attached to the door. The fourth side or where the hinges are attached is secured by the door having a projection running its whole length, and which catches in a recess of the mouth-piece. Thus, it will be seen that a firm boll! holds the door and secures it against fire or violence. The mode of filing the flanges and of securing their position admits of variations which will readily suggest themselves.
This article was originally published with the title "Door Fastening for Safes &c" in Scientific American 8, 8, 60 (November 1852)