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W. W.. SAUNDERS.
APPLICATION FILED AUG.4. l9l4.
1,1 60,769. Patented Nov. 16, 1915.
- wZUMm/mim ATZ'YI WHITNEY W. SAUNDERS, OF REID DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA.
Application filed August 4, 1914.
1' b all whom it may concern Be it known that I, WHITNEY W. SAUN- nnns, of the town of Red Deer, Province of Alberta, Canada, have invented-certain new and useful Improvements in Spring-Clasps, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to spring clasps of the type in which spring actuated aws are adapted to be spread by means of finger grips, and my object is to devise a clasp of this type particularly adapted to be at tached to the back of a church seat and used as a hat holder.
I attain my object by bending and coiling a length of wire to form three coils adapted to be secured to a suitable support. With each of two of the coils a gripping jaw is integrally connected and two finger grips are integrally connected with the third coil and one to each of the two coils aforesaid. The whole is constructed in detail substantially as hereinafter described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 is a side elevation of the blank from which my spring clasp is formed; Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the same; Fig. 3 a side elevation showing the clasp applied to the back of a church pew and used as a hat holder; Fig. 4L a front elevation of a modification; and Fig. 5 a side elevation of the same.
In the drawings like numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in the different figures.
In forming my clasp I take an integral length of wire and form in it five coils as shown in Fig. 1. Coils 1 are formed at each end, coil 2 near the middle, and coils 3 and 4 are formed one adjacent each end, coils 3 and 1 being equally spaced from the coils 1. The blank is then bent up to form the jaws 5 which are terminated by the coils 1 and the two bow shaped finger grips 6 and 7 The finger grip 6, it will be noted, is connected with the coils 3 and 2, and the finger grip 7 with the coils 2 and 4. It will also be noted that in the blank the axes of all the coils are parallel and in the finished clasp in substan:
tial alinement. This is essential as regards coils 2, 3 and 4. It is only essential as re gards the coils 1 if the clasp is to be used as a hat holder.
For other purposes the shape of the coils 1 might be varied to suit requirements. The number of turns to each coil is not material,
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Nov. to, rein. Seria1No.. 854,982.
though I prefer to use at least three turns to each coil.
As seen in the side elevation, the finger grips are bent forwardly. This is to enable them to be more conveniently grasped when the coils 2, 3 and i are secured to a fiat surface as shown in Fig. 3. Any suitable staples may be employed to hold these coils in place.
In Figs. 4 and 5 I show the finger grips 6 and 7 twisted which better holds the coils in place and also stiffens the grips and gives them a somewhat better shape for grasping. Other changes may be made in the shape of the finger grips without departing from the spirit of my invention. I also show an upwardly extending loop 8 formed integral with the outer coil 1, the wire end being interlocked with the coil. Between this loop 8 and the outer jaw a pair of gloves or other article may be hung. The blank shown in Fig. 1 would of course require to be added to to provide for the extra wire needed.
To aid in stapling the device in place small offsets 9 may be formed in the coils .2 and 4. (See Fig. 4.)
When the device is used as a hat holder on the backs of church pews or seats, it will be found to possess many advantages. It is in the first place very cheap and is neat and inconspicuous in appearance. It is also very effective for its purpose, and securely holds the hat brim without damaging it in any way. The hat also is held under the seat where it is out of the way when the congregation is standing.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. A spring clasp comprising an integral length of wire bent and coiled to form three coils with their axes in substantial alinenient; two gripping j awe-connected with two of the coils; and finger grips each connected with the third coil and one to each of the two coils aforesaid.
2. A spring clasp comprising an integral length of wire bent and coiled to form three coils with their axes in su stantial alinement; two gripping jaws connected with two of the coils; finger grips each connected with the third coil and one to each of the two coils aforesaid; and coils formed at the ends of the gripping jaws to form grip members.
3. A spring clasp comprising an integral length of wire bent and coiled to form three coils; two gripping jaws connected with two of the coils; finger grips each connected with the third coil and one to each of the two coils aforesaid; coils formed at the ends of the gripping jaws to form grip members; and a loop formed on one of said end coils extending up adjacent the jaw on which said coil is formed.
4. A spring clasp comprising an integral length of Wire bent and coiled to form three coils With their axes in substantial alinement; two grippin jaws connected With two of the coils; and finger grips each con- Gopies of this patent may be obtained for nected with the third coil and one to each of the tWo coils aforesaid, offsets being formed in each of said two coils for engagement With fastening means.
Red Deer, Alberta, this 16th day of June, A. D. 1914:.
WHITNEY W. SAUNDERS.
In the presence of W. T. BOWI-IEY, T. S. EASTMAN.
five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, "Washington, D. G.