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Publication numberUS1011866 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 12, 1911
Filing dateFeb 4, 1911
Priority dateFeb 4, 1911
Publication numberUS 1011866 A, US 1011866A, US-A-1011866, US1011866 A, US1011866A
InventorsWilliam Simmons
Original AssigneeWilliam Simmons
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mail-sack fastener.
US 1011866 A
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1,011,866. Patented Dec.12,1911.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Application iiled February 4, 1911.

Patented Dec. 12, 1911.

Serial No. 606,580.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, IVILLIAM SIMMONS, -a citizen of the United States, residing at Bothell, in the county of King and State of Washington, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Mail-Sack Fasteners, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.

This invention relates to mail bags and the like and the principal object of the same is to provide simple means whereby the mouth of the bag can be fastened in a sealed condition without employing straps or similar fastening means.

In carrying out the objects of the invention generally stated above it will be understood that changes in details and structural arrangements may be resorted to, one preferred and practical embodiment of which is shown in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of the mail bag equipped with the improved fastening means. Fig. 2 is a view in elevation of the front members of the fastener as they appear when the bag is unfastened.- Fig. 3 is a similar view of the front members as they appear when the bag is fastened. Fig. 4 is a fragmentary detail perspective view of the front and rear locking members of the bag fastener. Fig. 5 is a similar view of the front members of the fastener. Fig. 6 is a transverse vertical sectional view taken on the line 6-6, Fig. 4.

Referring to the accompanying drawings by numerals, 8 designates a mail bag or pouch the mouth of which is equipped with the improved fastener. Said fastener comprises the elongated flat strip 9, which is preferably formed of stiff material such as sole leather and is suitably fastened to the inner surface of the rear edge of the mouth of the bag 8. The rear strip 9 has its inner surface provided with a centrally located longitudinally arranged row of laterally projecting latching pins 10 which are equipped with enlarged and preferably rounded heads 11. A staple 12 has its outturned flanged ends 13 fastened to the center of the inner surface of the rear strip 9 so that said staple projects laterally therefrom. The staple preferably tapers longitudinally.

Upper and lower front strips 14 and 15 are located at the front edge of the mouth of the bag 8, the strip 15 being stationary and suitably fastened to said front edge, and the strip 14 being carried by and slidable longitudinally on the strip 15 and being pivotally connected to said strip 15 by the links 16. The strips 14 and 15 are formed of stiif material, such as sole leather, and their meeting edges are provided with complemental grooves 17 and 18 which form circular openings when in alinement. Said openings correspond in number to the pins 10 of strip 9. The strips 14 and 15 also have the central portions of their meeting edges provided with the complemental grooves 19 and 20 which form a central rectangular opening when in alinement.

The movable front strip 14 has a laterally projecting bearing ear 21 fastened to its front surface and a plate 22 is fastened to the opposite surface of said strip and has its lower end provided with a bearing ear 23 that projects beneath the lower edge of and beyond the front surface of strip 15 and is in alinement with ear 21. The ears 21 and 28 carry a pivot shaft 24 upon which one end of a spring hasp 25 is coiled. Said hasp is supported by said shaft 24 so that its free portion overlaps the central grooves 19 and 20 of the strips 14 and 15 and is provided with a slot 26 that alines with said grooves. The free end of the hasp 25 is outturned and rolled to provide a nger grip 27. The pins 10 are shorter than the staple 12, as is clearly shown in Fig. 1 and said staple is preferably V-shaped.

IVhen it is desired to seal the mouth of the bag the front strips 14 and 15 are arranged in the relative positions shown in Fig. 2 so that their grooves 17 and 18 register and provide the circular opening through which the pins 10 of rear strip A9 are passed. The grooves 19 and 20 not registering, a restricted central opening is provided. The staple 12 passes through the central opening before the pins 10 enter their openings, so that as said staple is forced int-o the said central opening, the strip 14 will be longitudinally moved to cause the grooves 19 and 20 to register and permit the staple to Y pass through the same. The movement of the staple 12 through the grooves 19 and 20 moves the strip 14 longitudinally so that the grooves 17 and 18 are forced out of registration so that the corners thereof will engage behind the heads 11 of the pins 10 and thereby retain the mouth ot' the bag sealed. The liasp 25 is then positioned so that the staple 12 Will project through the slot 26 therein and a look 28 is then engaged to the staple 12 to prevent the bag being accidentally opened. To open the bag, the look 28 is removed, and the strip 14 moved to cause the grooves 17 and 18 to register, whereby the front and rear strips can be readily separated.

That I claim as my invention is :W

A bag fastener comprising a rear strip, latohing and looking means carried thereby, superimposed front strips, means for pivotally Connecting said front strips, said front strips being provided With complemental means for permitting1 the passage of said latohing and looking means, a laterally projecting ear Carried by one of said front strips, a plate carried by the rear of the last mentioned strip and provided at its lower end with a laterally projecting ear, a pivot shaft connecting said ears, a hasp supported by said shaft and engaging said looking means and a lock tor fastening said hasp to the looking means.

A In testimony whereof I hereunto afliX my signature in presence of two Witnesses.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for ve cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washing-ton, D. C.

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U.S. Classification383/95
Cooperative ClassificationB65D33/1691