US 1296484 A
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W. C, CUTLER.
APPLICATION FILED JUNE27. 1912.
Patented Mar. 4, 1919.
MM M .gfl m WITNESSES.
' To all mama may concern: V 1
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Application filed June ar 917.? Serial No. 177,264.!
Be it known that I, WILLIAM C.-CUTLER,
a oit-izenbfthe United -states, residing at North Glendale, inthe county ofL'osAngeles and State of California,haveinvented new and useful -:Imp rovements Card-Cases, of
fallin-g laterallyi =T'he-side bars are provided 'for holdingthe cards together in an upright 7.1
position in .the case, when opened, forming a gat the same time springmembers for openwhich the following is a specification: I
"My invention relates to devices for; holding cards ina case and a-llowing cards; to betaken out of the case one at a time A;
. One object of- 'theinvention isto have the cards in acase in suchaposition as to make it easy to take the cards out of thecase one at a time.- -V 1 Another object is to provide means by which the cards are plaoedinto such a position as to allow the taking-out of the cardsone -at=a time one after another without havmg'tooperate any mechamsm after thecard; case hasbeenopened onces 9 9m Still another object 1s :to provide means connected to the card case so-as -to-operate the cardholding means for placing the cards into such aposition as to allow the taking outof cards one at a time one afterthe other- WltllOlllj havlng to I operate any mechanism afterthe card case has been opened once.
Other objects will appear in the following description and" in the appended claims as; well as in the accompanying draw ng in which- I I v to bring the inserted frame andespecially the base bar -9 to the inclined andshifted V Figure l is across sectionthrougha card case with my device in position.
Fig. 2 is a side serted into the card case of Fig.1 f
Fig. 3 is a cross section of acard case with the inserted device slightly modified.
Fig-sis a-cross section of a card case with still another modified construction of my device inserted. V
Similar numbers refer to similar parts throughout the papers.
In Fig. 1, the numerals 6 and 7 designate the two opposing halves of a card case which are hingedly connected at 8. A frame, consisting of the base bar 9, the end bars 10, the side bars 11 and the spring members 12, as is more clearly illustrated in Fig. 2, is inserted into the card case of Fig. 1, the lower ends 13 of the frame being suitably formed to engage with the hinge 8 of the case, as will easily be understood. The end bars are provided for holding the cards endwise slightly pressing on t e ends of the cards so as to loosen a newly inserted pack of cards enough to prevent an adhering of .provided for holdin r not-shown in the drawing).
elevation of the; device l in:
V the card s, one to another to insure the grasp- I lug-of one card at a-time. The end bars preventalso a slippingout of the cards endWise fromthe card case, being also strong enough .to "press against-the-edges of .thecards with sufficient force to prevent the cardsfrorn ing the case. The spring members-12 -are' cards in-about the mid ing' halvesof the card, case when the oase. is-
the, frame with the le between the oppos V the base bar 91 at 1 1, and one of thesidebars V is provided with an extension end 15 pro- 1 jecting upwardly terminatingin a bent end 16; In this constructiointheend -bars 1( alone press against the edges of thelcards when-the case'ls open to-prevent thecards from falling laterally, the side bars 11 in V this modified construction serve only to an tomatically open the casewhen the case is unlocked (by the usual locks'in such cases,
The spring members 12 naturallyare-bent position, illustrated in Fig.1, when the card case is fully; or a suitabledistance opened; In compressed position,- when the case is closed, the spring members on both sides of the base bar 9' are pressed toward-the bar by the closing case. The spring members on the right hand side in Figs. 1 and 3 naturally are more compressed when in closed position as illustrated in Fig. 3 than the spring members on the left hand side, since the spring members at the right project almost at rlght angles from the base bar when in open position as illustrated in Fig. 1, while the spring members at the left almost retain the same position in open and closed position.
In closing this case, the extension end 15 with the bent end 16 naturally engages with the card case and thereby pushes the side extensions 17 of the base bar 9 to a practically horizontal position, as illustrated in Fig. 8. The ends of the base bar 9 are in this construction naturally pivotally mounted 7 between the end bars 10 at 21,the end bars being made in one piece from the hinge connection 8 up to the top end 22. The bent end 16 serves to bring the cards back to the squarely packed position shown in this figure from the shifted position illustrated in Fig. 1, in case that the cards should not go back with the frame when the frame ispushed by the extension end 15.
In Fig. 4:, another slightly, modified construction of my frame, the base bar of the frame is also pivotally mounted at 21 be tween the end bars 10 of the frame, The
shifting of the frame in this slightlymodified construction from the position shown 1n th1s figure to an 111.cl1ned positlon as 1llustrated 111 F 1g. 1 1s accompllshed by the connecting rod 18, which is pivotally connected 1 to the base bar 9 of the frame at 19 and to the case at 20. r I
Bringing the cards to the inclinedposition shown in Fig. 1, makes it easy to takeout all the cards, one at a. time, one after the other without having to operate any shifting mechanism. The top edge of the first-card is naturs ally a suitable distance above the edge of the next card so as to make it easy to separate the first card from the'r'est for the purposeof taking it out of the case, as will easily be understood. The. shifting back of the cards to a squarely packed position has the advantage that the casedoes not have to be much larger than the cards, while the I shifted cards would naturally require a case so much larger as the first card projects above the last card. 7
Having thus described .my invention, I claim:
1. In a card case of the class described a frame comprising a base bar, endand sidebars pivotally connected to the base bar, and spring members provided on the basebalprojecting toward the case for shifting the base bar into a suitably inclined position when the case is open. 7
2- 111 a card case ofthe class described-a base bar, endand sidebars pivotally con- 'nected to the base bar, and an extension end formed on one of the side bars projecting beyond the uppermost edgesof the inserted cards engaging with the case for bringing V the cards to a squarely packed position when the case is closed.
3.111 a card case of the type decribed a frame com risin baseendandsidebars pivot interenga 'lng means between the base endand side-liars and between the frame 7 and the case, an extension end provided on one of the side bars slidingly' engaging with V the case for operating the frame on, the hinge connections in relation to the case- .for bringing inserted cards from an inclined position to a practically squarely packed position when the case is closed, and a. spring disposed between the frame and the case normally holdlng the frame 1n a sulta-bly 111-" upon the cards endwise 111 closed and opened position. v
5.. In a card case of the class descrlbed a framehaving means for holding cards and signature in the presence of two witnesses.
WILLIAM C. CUTLER.
OTTO H. KRU'EGER, C. MITSCHLER.
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