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Publication numberUS1100325 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 16, 1914
Filing dateSep 23, 1913
Priority dateSep 23, 1913
Publication numberUS 1100325 A, US 1100325A, US-A-1100325, US1100325 A, US1100325A
InventorsJoseph Pronovost
Original AssigneeJoseph Pronovost
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tape-line holder.
US 1100325 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

J. PRONOVOST.

TAPE LINE HOLDER.

APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 2a, 1913.

1,100,325, Patented June 16, 1914.

COLUMBIA PLANOCIRAPH $0.. WASHINGTON. B. c.

JOSEPH PRONOVOST, OF HELENA, MONTANA.

TAPE-LINE HOLDER.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented June 16, 1914.

Application filed September 23, 1913. Serial No. 791,441.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, J OSEPH PRONOVOST, a citizen of the United States, residing at Helena, in the county of Lewis and Clark and State of Montana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tape-Line Holders; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will. enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in tape lines and particularly in a means for holding one end of the line and comprises a simple and efficient device of this nature having various details of construction and combinations and arrangements of parts which will be hereinafter fully described and then specifically defined in the appended claims.

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in whioh- Figure 1 is a plan view of the tape line having my improved attachment for holding the same. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the stirrup-shaped member with a tapering pin thereon in its operative position. Fig. 3 is a sectional view on line 33 of Fig. 2, and Fig. 4 is a sectional view on line 44 of Fig. 1.

Reference now being had to the details of the drawings by letter, A designates the tape measure having a link B which has pivotal connection, through the medium of the pin D, with a stirrup-shaped member C. Said member is provided with a pivotal cross bar designated by E and which has spindle ends which are pivotally mounted in apertures in the arms of said member. It will be noted upon reference to the detail views of the drawings that one end of said cross bar has a portion extending laterally from its spindle end and designated by F and which is adapted, when the holder is adjusted for use, to engage a transverse slot H formed in one arm of the member, and when the cross piece is held in an inoperative position, said projection engages a groove I. It will be noted upon reference to the drawings that one spindle end of said cross piece passes through a resilient strip the end of which is fastened to the arm as shown, said resilient strip serving as a means, by its bearing against a shoulder to hold the laterally proecting portion of the cross piece in one or the other of its adjusted positions. Said cross piece is provided with an aperture 0 and Q, designates a pin having one end tapermg to a point and shoulders R at the inner ends of the tapering parts of the pin serve as a means for limiting the movement of the latter in one direction. Said pin is provided with a head and shoulders between which and the cross bar a coiled spring S bears, sa1d spring serving two purposes, one, to

hold the member carrying said cross piece adjacent to the object to which the device is to be attached when in use and also serving to hold the head of the pin yieldingly against the end of the member.

When it is desired to attach the device to the end of a log or other object to be measured, the pin may be swung out from its closed position by simply pushing upon the head of the pin which will cause the resilient strip upon the inner side of the member, to yield as the laterally projecting portion of said cross piece swings out of the groove or notch in which it is normally held by said resilient strip. As the cross piece makes a partial revolution in order to bring the pin at right angles to the plane of said member, said laterally projecting portion of the cross piece will engage the transverse slot H and be held therein by said resilient strip.

When it is desired to hold the pin in a closed position, it may be done by causing the cross bar to be rocked by pushing upon the pin which will cause the laterally projecting portion of the cross bar to engage the groove or notch formed at right angles to the slot H and the resilient strip will hold the cross bar in such adjusted position.

In use, when the device is attached to the end of a log or other object, it will serve as a means for holding the tape for measuring the object and when it is desired to detach the holder, a slight jerk upon the tape line will serve as a means for detaching the ta pering end of the pin from the object which it engages. By the provision of the device embodied in the features of my invention it will be noted that a simple and efficient means is provided whereby one end of a tape line may be fastened to the end of a log or other object to be measured by simply forcing the pin against the tension of the spring into the end of the log and when it is desired to detach the device it may be easily done as described, thus dispensing with a person holding the device to the end of the object to be measured.

What I claim to be new is 1. A device for holding the end of a tape line consisting of a member for attachment to the end of the tape line, a pivoted cross bar carried by said member, a spring pressed pin carried by the cross bar, and means cooperating with said cross bar for holding the latter in different adjusted positions, as set forth.

2. A device for holding the end of a tape line consisting of a member for attachment to the end of the tape line, a pivoted cross bar carried by said member and provided with a shoulder, a spring pressed pin carried by the cross bar and a resilient strip fastened to said member and adapted to bear against said shoulder, said member having grooves in which a portion of the bar is held by said resilient strip, as set forth.

3. A device for holding tape line consist ing of a member for attachment to the end of the line, said member having apertures therein, a cross bar provided with a shoulder and having spindle ends pivotally mounted in said apertures, said member having grooves formed therein, a resilient strip through which one of the spindle ends of the bar passes and which is adapted to bear against the shoulder upon the bar, said bar having a laterally projecting portion designed to be held by one or the other of said grooves, and a pin carried by the cross bar, as set forth.

4. A device for holding tape line consisting of a member for attachment to the end of the line, said member having apertures therein, a cross bar provided with a shoulder and having spindle ends pivotally mounted in said apertures, said member having grooves formed therein, a resilient strip through which one of the spindle ends of the bar passes and which is adapted to bear against the shoulder upon the bar, said bar having a laterally projecting portion designed to be held by said resilient strip in one or the other of said grooves, and having an aperture therein and provided with a pin mounted in said aperture, a head designed to contact with the bar to limit the movement of the pin in one direction and a coiled spring interposed between the head and said bar.

In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

JOSEPH PRONOVOST. Witnesses:

RoLLA DUNCAN, JAMES JoBB.

Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents. Washington, D. C.

said resilient strip in

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US3164907 *Aug 23, 1962Jan 12, 1965Quenot & Cie EtsMetal tape linear measuring device
US4164334 *Jan 16, 1978Aug 14, 1979The Stanley WorksTape measure hook and hook storage receptacle
US6370790 *Apr 11, 2000Apr 16, 2002Brian StengerSelf holding tape measure
US7200949 *Aug 22, 2005Apr 10, 2007Leslie Troy AMotorized chalk box
US7240439Oct 4, 2005Jul 10, 2007Cooper Brands, Inc.Magnetic tape measure end hook
Classifications
U.S. Classification33/758
Cooperative ClassificationG01B3/1056