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Publication numberUS1154371 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 21, 1915
Filing dateFeb 2, 1914
Priority dateFeb 2, 1914
Publication numberUS 1154371 A, US 1154371A, US-A-1154371, US1154371 A, US1154371A
InventorsTimothy J Burke
Original AssigneeTimothy J Burke
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hat and cap holder.
US 1154371 A
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Patented Sept. 21, 1915.




To all whom it may concern v Be it known that I, TIMOTHY J. BURKE, a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident of Middletown, Orange county, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Hat and Cap Holders, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof.

My invention relates to spring clamp holders for caps, coats, programs, and other articles, and has special reference to such devices as are adapted to be attached to the backs of seats or pews in theaters, churches and other public auditoriums as well as for household and oflice use.

One object of my invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive device of the aforesaid character that shall be reliable in operation and embodying a number of important detailed improvements, with a view to overcoming the disadvantages which have prevented the extensive use of such devices of this class which have been hitherto devised.

Other objects and advantages of my invention will be set forth hereinafter, and in order that m invention ma be thorou hlv understood, I will proceed to describe the same in the following specification, and then point out the novel features thereof in apof the arch at one end. The arch at the opposite end is bent at C in order that it may lie flat a ainst a su 3 ortin surface such for example as the surface X. shown 1n Fig. 3.

The rin B has a sin le screw hole E which n a c u s offset toward the arch from the point of tangency of the ring with a plane supporting surface when the device is not under tension.

The free end of the ring is bent back on itself to form a short radius curve at K in opies of this patent may be obtained for Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Sept. 21, 1915.

Application filed February 2, 1914. Serial No. 815,893.

lVhen the device is secured to a surface such as X, by a single screw Y, whlch extendsthrough the hole E, the device is placed under tension by reason of the offset position of the hole E since the tightening of the screw serves to rotate slightly the ring B, and flatten the arch A to some extent.

Special attention is directed to the fact that there are no exposed ends or hooks upon which the clothing of persons passing into and out of a seat, may catch. Furthermore, by reason of the fact that only a single screw is employed, the holder may readily be mounted in any desired position, no special tools or skilled labor being necessary.

The device is utilized for supporting various articles as indicated in Fig. 8.. For example, a program M may be mounted at the top of the clamp, a cap H supported by the'spring ring 13, and gloves G supported under the end of the arch A. The device may of course be used for supporting various other articles as, for example, a cane or umbrella, and in fact it may be utilized in an entirely different connection for supporting records, bills, reports and other papers. It may also be utilized for supporting towels, newspapers and various other articles.

My invention is not restricted to any particular class of surface and may obviously be employed in a wide variety of difierent connections, and I intend only suchlimitations as are imposed by the appended claim.

lVhat I claim is:

A device of'the character described, composed of a single strip of resilient sheet metal formed to comprise a spring arch clip adapted to be mounted on a plane supporting surface with one end lying flat against the surface, a springring forming a continuation of the arch at the other end and having a hole offset toward the arch fromthe point. of tangency between the ring and the'supporting surface, whereby an attaching screw extending through the hole tends to flatten the arch and place the clip under-tension.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of two subscribing witnesses, this 31st day of January, 1914.


lVitnesses FRANK SPERL, RAYMOND Foorn.

five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents.

Washington, D. G.

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US3395428 *Oct 18, 1965Aug 6, 1968Fred C. SchnabelAll purpose clip
US4897898 *Aug 24, 1988Feb 6, 1990Cooper Industries, Inc.Adjustable tape measure clip
US4928834 *Jun 6, 1988May 29, 1990Vesper CorporationSafety beam lock
US5038985 *Sep 21, 1989Aug 13, 1991Cooper IndustriesAdjustable tape measure clip
U.S. Classification211/32, 24/457, 24/3.12, 211/89.1
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/10