UNITED STATES PATENTS
Patents are very useful tools for collectors who want to know more about the items they collect. When I first started researching patents, before the information was readily available on the internet, I had to travel approximately 100 miles to the closest patent repository. There I manually reviewed each hard-copy annual index of issued patents to identify patents that I thought were applicable to my research. After cross-referencing the patent to identify what roll of microfilm the information was located on I checked out the film, loaded it to a reader and manually scrolled thru each frame. Once I found what I was looking for, if it was related to my research, I printed a hard-copy for my personal reference library.
Times certainly have changed!
Today, you can research patent information online from the comfort of your home. Additionally, the information can formatted and saved electronically.
Below you will find a table with links to patents I have been able to identify that are related to safe banks.
|DESIGN||D0005494||1/23/1872||METROPOLITAN SAFE||Anthony M. Smith||Brooklyn, NY|
|DESIGN||D0010851||10/1/1878||EMBELLISHED SAFE||Augustus E. Taylor||New Britain, CT|
|DESIGN||D0012357||7/12/1881||IXL SAFE||Louis Kyser|
Alfred C. Rex
|DESIGN||D0013144||8/8/1882||EGYPTIAN SAFE||Louis Kyser|
Alfred C. Rex
|DESIGN||D0020646||3/31/1891||HEART SAFE||Russel Frisbie||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0022419||5/9/1893||WORLDS FAIR SAFE||Eugene Charest||Detroit, MI|
|DESIGN||D0025577||6/2/1896||SAVINGS BANK||Charles A Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0027526||8/17/1897||BURGULAR PROOF SAFE||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0027527||8/17/1897||TREASURE SAFE||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0027566||8/24/1897||KEY LOCK SAFE #50||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0035864||4/15/1902||COIN DEPOSIT SAFE||John W. Eshleman||Mount Joy, PA|
|DESIGN||D0037432||5/16/1905||KODAK BANK||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0038326||11/27/1906||MEDALLION SAFE||Elwood Headley||New York, NY|
|DESIGN||D0038,810||9/17/1907||MEDALLION SAFE||Peter G. Wing||Chicago, IL|
|DESIGN||D0039660||11/3/1908||KLOTZ SAFE||Louis Krajeski||Chicago, IL|
|DESIGN||D0041326||4/25/1911||SAFE BANK GRILL||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0041697||8/22/1911||CUPID SAFE||Lewis S. Bixler||Kenton, OH|
|DESIGN||D0041947||11/28/1911||YALE LOCK SAFE||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|DESIGN||D0041948||11/28/1911||HORSEHEAD SAFE||Lewis S. Bixler||Kenton, OH|
|UTILITY||77,560||5/5/1868||TOY SAFE W/PUZZLE LOCK||Abram Wright|
Geo. F. Wright
|UTILITY||153,501||7/28/1874||COMBINATION LOCK||Anthony M. Smith||Brooklyn, NY|
|UTILITY||229,829||7/13/1880||PERMUTATION LOCK||Daniel J. Kenny||Cincinnati, OH|
|UTILITY||237,757||2/15/1881||LOCK & ASSEMBLY||Louis Kyser|
Alfred C. Rex
Rudolph M. Hunter
|UTILITY||317,771||5/12/1885||COIN GUARD & ASSEMBLY||Henry C. Hart||Detroit, MI|
|UTILITY||351,995||11/2/1886||PERMUTATION LOCK||John H. Morris|
Thomas D. Morris
|UTILITY||358,697||3/1/1887||COIN GUARD & LOCK||Alfred C. Rex||Philadelphia, PA|
|UTILITY||376,014||1/3/1888||LOCK SPINDLES||Alfred C. Rex||Philadelphia, PA|
|UTILITY||451,529||5/5/1891||PERMUTATION LOCK||William P. Shattuck||Minneapolis, MN|
|UTILITY||528,018||10/23/1894||TOY MONEY-BOX||Robert Nicol, Jr.||Chicago, IL|
|UTILITY||574,179||12/29/1896||LOCK||Swen E. Swensen||New York, NY|
|UTILITY||574,180||12/29/1896||COIN-BANK||Swen E. Swensen||New York, NY|
|UTILITY||589,327||8/31/1897||COMBINATION LOCK||Charles A. Bailey||Cromwell, CT|
|UTILITY||651,612||6/12/1900||LOCK RELEASE||Emile Reizenstain||Philadelphia, PA|
|UTILITY||668,579||2/19/1901||TOY SAVINGS-BANK||Aaron Kaufman||Baltimore, MD|
|UTILITY||707,875||8/26/1902||SAVINGS-BANK||Charles B. Stilwell||Philadelphia, PA|
|UTILITY||1,168,512||1/18/1916||LOCK FOR TOY SAFES||Harry T. Kingsbury||Keene, NH|
Issued for a new, original, and ornamental design embodied in or applied to an article of manufacture, it permits its owner to exclude others from making, using, or selling the design. Design patents issued from applications filed before May 13, 2015 shall be granted for the term of fourteen years from the date of grant. Design patents are not subject to the payment of maintenance fees.
Issued for the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement thereof, it generally permits its owner to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a period of up to twenty years from the date of patent application filing, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. Utility patents are also referred to as “patents for invention”.
See U.S. Code Title 35 – Patents, for a full description of patents and patent laws.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers an online patent research tool.
GOOGLE also offers an intuitive patent research tool.