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Publication numberUS1164833 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 21, 1915
Filing dateNov 20, 1914
Priority dateNov 20, 1914
Publication numberUS 1164833 A, US 1164833A, US-A-1164833, US1164833 A, US1164833A
InventorsGeorge Macaulay
Original AssigneeGeorge Macaulay
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1164833 A
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Patented Dec. 21, 1915.






HAND BAG. APPLICATION FILED NOV. 20, I914. 1,164,833. Patented Dec. 21, 1915.





Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 21', 1915.

Application filed November 20, 1914. Serial No. 873,134.

To all whom it may concern:

Belt known that I, GEORGE MAGAULAY, residing in the borough of Brooklyn, county of Kings, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Hand-Bags, of which the following is a description.

This invention relates to hand-bags for women, and has particular reference to means for rendering such bags safe as carriers for jewels, money and other valuables.

Among the objects of-my invention may be noted the following: to provide a handbag, with means by which, when the same is closed, it cannot be opened accidentally, nor tampered with without the knowledge of the person carrying the same; to provide a hand-bag with means by which, even if the same were accidentally opened, or allowed to remain open, the contents of one of the pockets thereof cannot be removed-without the knowledge of the person carrying the bag; to provide a safety pocket in hand-bags and similar devices, and closing means therefor in which money, jewels and valuable articles may be carried without fear a of loss; to provide a means in the form of a safety attachment which will effectively prevent the bag from being opened and its contents removed without the knowledge of the carrier; and to provide certain details of construction for carrying out the foregoing objects, all aspresently set forth in detail. I

With the above objects in view, and others which willbe pointed out in the course of this description, my invention consists in the parts, features, of elements hereinafter described claimed.

In order that my invention may be readily understood, I have provided drawings wherein: I

Figure l is a perspective view of a handbag for women provided with safety means embodying my invention; Fig. 2 is a verand 'tical sectional View of the bag shown in Fig. 1 taken just beyond the bag-fastener,

the bag being closed; Fig. 3 is an elevation of a portion of a bag showing another form of my invention;fand Fig. l is a section taken on the line H of Fig. 3.

Referring to the drawings the numeral 1 indicates the bag which may be of the ordinary form, or may be of any special form desired. The bag may be made of leather,

elements and combinations silk or other suitable material, and may have pockets, flaps, ornaments, etc., as desired or required without modifying my invention. The usual frame membersare indicated at 2 and 3, respectively, and are hinged togetherand applied to make the flaps or jointed bag-members 4, 5, which are provided with suitable clasp members, 6, 7 Bags of this character are usually provided with a lining 8; and two inner pockets 9 and 10, respectively, may be provided, each covered with a flap which may be fastened 1n anysuitable way. The pocket 9 is the one to which particular attention will be directed, since, in connection with it, I have shown one of the safety features of my invention. Handles or other suitable grips may be applied to the bag; but, in accordance with my invention, these handles consist of tapes, cords or strips of suitable material 11 and'12, respectively. The handle 12 passes through one of the bag-members 5 at the top thereof and at opposite sides, and is extended to the inside and to the top of the opposite bag-member 4:, and secured by its ends at points 18, 14: directly opposite the point of passage through the other bag-member. The securing means maybe rivets, clamps or other suitable devices which will make a strong fastener. The apertures 15, through which the ends of the handle pass, may be formed in the top i also be understood that the said bag cannot be opened if the handle is in the hand of the person, or is on her arm or wrist, without her knowledge or realizing the fact by the tugging or pressure of the handle. The other handle 11, passes through the bag member 4, at opposite sides thereof at the top, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, and down between the lining 8, and the outer material of the bag, and through the apertures 17 in the lining and pocket-material 9, and up toward the top of the bag to engage with the the flap or cover 18 of the safety pocket. The handle 11 thus extended through the 7 inside of the. bag has its ends 20, attached to opposite sides of the flap 18, as by clamps 21,. or other suitable securing means. Stressupon the handle 11 will cause the ends of the same to draw upon the flap 18, of the safety pocket and thus hold the same tightly down without any other fastener. The handle 11 thus attached to the flap 18 of the safety pocket is made sufliciently long to'correspond with the length of the other handle when both of them are fully 'drawn out, as

when "the bag is closed by its snap fastener The handles may bepassed through apertures formed in the top of the frame-members 2, 3, as indicated in Figs. 1 and 2,'or.

through lugs, ears, or projections'formed bers 2 'and 3 i'lsuallyprovided for securing the bag material and lining to-the outer frame-structure, and between the bag mate- '17, which, in order to avoid friction and' on or integral with the material of said frame-members, as indlcated in Figs. 3 and ,4. If the apertures are made in the top of the frame-members, the handle will bepassed down through the inner framememrial andlining, and thence to the apertures reduce Wear, should be made smooth, as by an eyelet or other anti-frictional device,

which may also be made in formv to correspond with thecross-section of the handle I material. In this connection, however, I desire it, distinctly understood that'my inven-' tion is not limited to the means by which,

or the direction in which, the handles are passed through the bag, or through the parts 'of the frame-structure, asit is within' the scope of my invention to combine the ha'ndl'eswith the bag in any manner which will bring aboutthe functional results conout detection. In other words, when the bag is closed, the handles will be grasped, or

will be passed over the womans arm or wrist, so that, if attempt be made to open the bag, the handle will be drawn against the arm or wrist and the act be immediately detected. Onthe other hand, if the handle shouldbe dropped accidentally and the bag surreptitiously or otherwise opened, access to the safety-pocketcannot be gained with-' out the knowledge of the woman, because vanyattempt to lift the flap. will be detected since the handle will be drawn with more or lesspressure upon thearm or wrist." It will also be understood that, should the handle 11 .be accidentally dropped and the handlev 12'retained in the hand or on the arm of the woman, the weight of the bag Will close and keep closed the mouth thereof, regardless of whether the fastener be snapped. In fact, the fasteners canbe. omitted, as shown in Fig. 2, thus making the vcost of produc-' tion less. As will be obvious, viewing Figs. 1 and 2, when the safety-pocket is to be opened, the flap 18-is lifted by hand resulting in drawing the,handle ll-down to the bag in a manner similar to the handle 12 in Fig. 1. The pocket material 9 maybe extended down into the bag as far as de-' sired. 1 7

While I have shown my safety attachments in connection with, and applied to, a.

lwomans hand-bag, desire distinctly" understood that my invention is not confined to such application. 'One'or'both of the attachments may be applied to any other; form of bag, and, in some instances, the at tachme'nt 11, may, be in addition to the ordinary'handlesof the bag,yorinaddition to the attachment 12, and an ordinary hahso I dle appliedto the bag or flap member- 4,

thus, in combination with heavy bags, .re-

lieving the strain on the safety attachment 11, although, ordinarily, theattachment -12 willtakethe majority of the strain, since it is fixedly and-securely attached at'13, 14. to

the bag-member 4:.

Having thus described my-inventi on, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: I L'The combination with a hand-bag ha'ving two members movable relatively toward andfromeach other, of a pocket formedilif one oflthe members and having a flap exg tending thereover, and a handle loosely ex tendingf into one of the members andhaving its-ends secured tothe' said flap.

v 2. -The combination with a hand-bag hav other, of a handle loosely extending-through one of the members and ;,permanently s'ecured to the other'member, andfavsecond' handle passing through thelast named memj her and securedto an inside movable por tion of the said bag, whereby said movable portion may be whether the bag be opened or closed.

3. A hand-bag composed of flexible material having a lining, frame members hinged together and applied to the top of thebag.

held from, moveme'nt'v material so as toform closing flaps therefor,

a safety pocket provided with a covering flap formed within the bag, and means pass- 1 ing through one ofthe frame members and betweenthe bag material and lining, and" I through the latter into engagement with the v flap .member, whereby the latter, may be 7 closed by the weight ofjthe bag or pull= ing upon the handle. I

i. A bag having relatively moving closing members, and an interior pocket witha c0v"-. ering-fiap, and means for holding the flap closed extending to. the outside of the bag.

I 1'05 ing members movable toward andfrom each 5. Abag having relatively moving closing In testimony whereof, I affix my.signamembiirs, and an ifnterfiofdpockiz Wflith alcovd ture in the presence of two Witnesses. .eringa means or 0 in t e a c ose f extending to the outside 0% the big, and (IEORGE MACAULAY' 5 meanfor holding the bag closed connected Witnesses:

to thefinside of one member and extending CHAS. M. CHAPMAN, through to the outside of the other member. MARIE R. LEAHY.

' Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. C.

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U.S. Classification150/107, 190/120, 294/149, D03/324, 383/26, 190/118, 383/12
Cooperative ClassificationA45C3/06