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Publication numberUS128443 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 25, 1872
Publication numberUS 128443 A, US 128443A, US-A-128443, US128443 A, US128443A
InventorsThomas White
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in safety watch-guards
US 128443 A
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T. WHITE. Improvement in Safety Watch-Guards. N0. 128,443, Patented June 25,1872.




Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 128,443, dated June 25, 1872.

Specification of a certain Safety-Guard for Watches, invented by THOMAS WHITE, of La Fayette, Tippecanoe county, Indiana.

This invention relates to a safety guard which has been designed for the purpose of securing a watch to the vest or other garment of the wearer in such a manner as to prevent it being lost or stolen and the device consists essentially of a suitable chain or other guard having at one end a swivel-coupling for attachment to the watch, and at the other end a staple or ring-eye, whose screw-threaded stem is capable of being passed through a small hole in the garment and retained therein by a detachable nut applied on the inner side of the garment, as hereinafter more fully described.

Figure 1 is a perspective view of my safetyguard attached to a watch. Fig. 2 is a seetional view, showing the manner of securing the guard to the wearers garment and Fig. 3 is an elevation of the swivel-coupling in its opened condition.

Of the above views Figs. 2 and 3 are drawn on a somewhat enlarged scale.

A represents the guard proper, which, in its preferred form, consists of a chain of any suitable metal, although said guard may be composed of hair, leather, or whatever material of sufficient strength and flexibility the taste of the purchaser may suggest. This guard has attached to one of its ends a swivel-coupling, B, that serves to unite said guard with the customary ring 0 of the watch. The other end of this guard is secured to and depends from a staple or ring-eye, D, having a button or foil E, which bears against the exposed surface of the vest or other garment of the wearer. Projecting rearwardly from the button E is a screw-threaded stem or shank, F, with which is engaged a suitable detachable nut or other retaining device, G. After the coupling B has been attached to either the bow O or the stern of the watch the nut G is disengaged from the shank F and the latter passed through a suitable hole in the garment until the foil E bears against the exposed surface of the same, after which said nut is applied, as shown in Fig. 2.

The hole in the garment for the reception of shank F may be made expressly for that purpose, or said shank may pass through an ordinary button-hole, provided the latter is not so large as to allow the said nut G to be drawn through it. When thus applied my safetyguard will effectually prevent the watch being lost. or stolen. The stem, with its nut, is concealed behind the garment, and only the ornamental parts of the guard exposed.

I am aware that buttons have heretofore been made with screw threaded sockets in their shanks for the reception of headed screwbolts which pass through the garment on the side opposite the button, and thence into said sockets; and I therefore lay no claim to such device; but

What I do claim as new, and desire toseeure by Letters Patent, is-

An improved safety-guard, consisting of the button E, having an eye-bolt, D F, for attaching a chain and nut, G, all arranged, con structed, and operated as set forth.

In testimony of which invention I hereunto set my hand.




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Cooperative ClassificationY10S224/903, Y10S24/905, A45F5/02