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Publication numberUS1268846 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 11, 1918
Filing dateAug 21, 1916
Priority dateAug 21, 1916
Publication numberUS 1268846 A, US 1268846A, US-A-1268846, US1268846 A, US1268846A
InventorsCharles H Holton
Original AssigneeCharles H Holton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrically-lighted satchel.
US 1268846 A
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Patented June 11, 1918 Hues. Y

cans H. on-ran", or BALTEIO,

Zo azz whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, (harms H. HO IJTON,

' a citizen of the United States, residingat Baltimore city, in the State of Maryland, 5 have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Electrically-Lighted Satchels,

of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an electricallylighted satchel. The small bags, or hand-satchels carried by womenwhen shopping or travelmg, are

opened and closed by the action of a two-1 part metal frame. The two parts of said metal frame have joints at their opposite ends and said two frame-parts swing on said two joints. The flexible walls of the bags or satchels are formed 'with a top,-

opening to the opposite side edges of which" the said two jointed metal frames are at- 29 tached. The users of these satchelsplace,

therein any kind of small articles which are often ina topsy-turvy mingled condition,

and when a satchel is partly full it is. frequently a troublesome matter for any one to pick out and abstract from the satchel any certain article desired because the interior of the satchel is dark.

- The object of this invention is to improve a satchel having two flexible walls and a 30 frame-part-attached to-each wall, said twoframes being jointed together and forming the openlng to the satchel, by providin an electric light bulb within the interior 0 the satchel; an electric battery; wire circuit 85. connections Which are carried by and move with oneof'the frame parts'; a switchand;

a 'switch actuating device carried by the other frame-part and operated by the opening and closing of said two jointed-together. 40 frames.

illustrating the electric lighting parts.

Referring now to the drawingwhose several parts are indicated by numerals, the

.- fi'exib ifinated by the numeral, 4, the end walls by t e numeral, 5, the bottom, 6, the inner meta-l I fiame 7, the outer or overlapping metal Specification of Letters Qatent.

T p acedand supported.

e two side walls of the satchela're des-- Patented a 11,1918.

9 a lication filed AugustZLlQlG. sesame. 115,941.

frame, 8, the saidtwo frames are coupled to gether at opposite ends by a pivotv joint, 9,

and an ordinary catch or fastening'device,

10, is-used to lock or holdtsaid two pivoted frames when the'satchel is closed. The faregoing described parts constitute an ordinary satchel. v

I provide an electric battery, 11, which may be positioned within the satchel in any convenient location. The incandescent electric bulb, 12,. is shown in the present instance attached to or carried by one of the two metal frames,-8, and is secured by an o en case, 13; but the bulb may be otherwise 7o A switch iscarried on one of the'jointedl 1 frame-parts, 8, and said switch comprises acontact plate', 14, fixed rigidly to said metal frame-part, 8, from which it is insulated by a piece of suitable insulating material, 15, interposed between'the frame-part and contact, 14, see Fig. 3. The switch also includes a movable contact, tongue, 16, one end of i which has a right-angle shape and is secured so to thesame frame-part, 8, and underlaid by insulated material, 15. The free end ofthe v contact tongue has position to underlap the said fixedcontact-plate, 14. When this tongue, 16, actually makes contact with the fixed-plate, 14, the circuit is closed and the bulb, 12, becomes lighted" this lighted condition occurs only w en the satchel is open. The, tongue, 16, is resilient, and it is this resilient property that causes it to make as contact with plate, "14, when the satchel is open. To break the circuit a stud, 17, 1s employed'and projects from the frame part,

7 to pressthe said tongue, 16, from its cons,

tactwithplate, 14, when the satchelis closed, as as shown in Fig. 2. It will be seen that the act of opening the satchel has the effect to withdraw the stud 17 from pressing against the said tongue, 16.

The, wire circuit is as .follows'z An insu- 10o lated wrapper, 18, incloses the twqwires, 19 and 20, and of these wires, the wire, 20, extends from one pole of the battery, 11, to

the lamp bulb while wire, 19, connects the other pole o the. battery with contact tongue,u16. A wire, 21, connects the lampv bulb with said*contact-plate, 14, so that when the circuit is closed it will include battery, 11, wire, 20, lamp, 12, wire, 21, con.- tact plate, 14, tongue, 16, and wire, 19, back to the battery. d The tongue, 16,. is resilient and tends to to each wall and forming an opening to the engage the c0ntact-plate, 14, but when the frame-parts, 7 and 8, are brought together to close the satchel the stud, 17 engages the tongue, 16, and presses it away from and out of contact with the plate, 14:, therebyopening the circuit and extinguishing the light. The reverse is true when the ,satchel is' opened in that the stud, 17, moves away from tongue, 16, and. allows the latter to engage contact-plate, 14:, and thereby close .the circuit from the battery through the satchel, the said frame-part of one satchel wall being pivotally connected to the framemesses part of the other satchel-wall; an electric lamp in the'satchel; a battery; a switch attached to one of said frame-parts said switch having a movable contact device; connections-between'the switch and the electric lamp; connections between the battery and switch; a connection between the battery and lamp all of said connections being movable with one of the-frame-parts of the satchel, and means on the other frame-part of the satchel for moving the switch contact to an open position when the two satchel frames are closed together.-

In testimony whereof I afix my signature in the presence of two witnesses. CHARLES H. HOLTON. Witnesses:


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U.S. Classification362/155, 132/288
Cooperative ClassificationA45C15/06
European ClassificationA45C15/06