US 1439510 A
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Dec. 19 1922. 1,439,510
S. FOSTER'. JR. BRACELET. AFILED APR. 25. i922.
65A? .AUD/@Alf n wwf? Patented Dec. i9, i922.
starts hilt SAMUEL FOSTER, JR.; OF LEOMIN'STER, MASSACHUSETTS.
Application filed April 25, 1922.- Serial No. 556,498.
To @ZZ whom t may cof/cera 4*Be ritlinown that LSAMUnL Fosrnii, Jr., a citizen ot the United States, residing lat Leominster, in the county of l/Vorcest'erl and State of Massachusetts,A have invented cer,-
- tain newand useful improvements in Bracelets, ot which the following is a specification. V c c I This invention relates" to a bracelet structure, of the ,type Whichcomprises la hand of resilient flexible material having. yits end portions detachably secured together in such a manner as to be capable of being readily retain the bracelet in placeiiponthe army of t-he wearer `through the'novel torni of connecting means provided tor the purpose in conjunction with the natural resiliency and leXibility inherent in the material :troni which the bracelet is constructed.
Another object of the invention is to provide a novel securing means `for yconnecting the free ends of a bracelet, when ythe bracelet is vformed of material which possesses a considerable degree lot resiliency to permit the end portions thereof to rreadily interlock while at the same time having su'liicient inherent rigidity to resist the usual forces tending to disconnect the end por-. tions unless such forces are applied in a particular direction.
@ther objects and advantages of the invention relate to Acertain improved details of construction and arrangement of ythe parts as will be fully set forth in the detailed description to follow.
Referring to the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view oi the bracelet structure.
Fig. 2 is a detail sectional 'view' ofi the means for connecting the end portions et the band, showing the position of the ends prior to their connection.
Fig. 3 is a similar view vshowing the position of the parts yas one end portion is `inserted between. the other end portion and the plate.
Fig. i is a sectionalview similar to` Figs. and 3 showingtheposition ofthe parts when the ends are ininterloclring position, and', i
Fig. 5 showing the position ofthe parts as the ends are forced into'oit'set relation to'ea'ch other to disconnect the ends. Y, y
,ln the einbodimentof the invention illusis a topl plan view of thestructnre trated herewith 1 0 designates ya band lformed oi' resilienttl'exible material jandshaped to 'ceniforni substantially yto the arm oiI the wearer, the band being formed ofmaterial which combines a suticientldegree of rigidity to nori'iially' exert considerable resistance to forces tending to bend or distort the saine with s ulicient ,resiliency to return to lits original shape after being bent andj possessing 'adequate'lexibility to permit it to be secured in p laceupon the arm ofthe wearer or removed therefrom. l have lfounditvl desirahle practic'eto forni'the band 10 or" Celluloid, although other `material possessing the desired qualities may se used `and I may form the bandfot any desired cross-sectional shape which is best adapted to enhancethe appearance thereot` or best suited for the particular purpose for which it is to be einployed. r-ln the presentinstance kthe band is roughly semi-elliptical iircross-section and isprovided ,with flattenedend portions l1 which krare detachably connected y.together by means which will now kbe rdescribed. rllhe yend portion 11 Iis provided upon its outer `tace'witha beveled edge 13 and has a transverse groove ,14 extending thereacross, the wall `15 of whichy isv formed at rightlangles to the tangent at that `point or slightly undercut to form a catch 1 6 for engaging the opposite fend kot the hand. The vopposite end portion 12 ot the band has its inner edge beveledi-as indicated at 1.7. and is provided with a transverse groove 18 torined upon the inner surface thereof., the wall 19 of said groove being perpendicular to a tangent to the/curve at thatA point or slightly undercut f relative to the base of the groove to torni a. tongue 2O adapted to vlit within the groove 14 and engage the `catch 16 to hold the `end portions of the hand against separation. An ornamentalv plate 21, which is preferably formed ot the same material as the band 10l and may be of any desired shape to correspond with the shape of the band l0 or form therewith a bracelet structure presenting a pleasing or artistic appearance, is secured to the outer surface of the end portion il in any suitable or desired manner as by being cemented thereto or attached thereto by concealed fastening means. The inner surface of the plate 2l is provided with a recess 22 positioned opposite the groove le, the forward edge .of the lower face of the plate extending be` yond the recess to form a lipv 23 adapted to engage the outer face of the end portion l2 as the same is pressed between the plate 2l and the beveled edge 13 by a straight longitudinal movement and thus force the tongue 2O into the groove le. whereby the end portions are held against separation.-
ln separating the end portions of the band from connection with each other, as in removing thebracelet from the arm of the wearer, it necessary only to flex the end portions thereof in opposite directions and transversely of the 'normal plane of the bracelet, as shown in Fig. 'of the drawings, when the tongue 20 will pass yfrom the groove 14 and beyond the catch 16 whereupon thel bracelet may be removed in the usual manner. llllhile the space between the plate Qland the catch 16 is preferably 'suiii ciently' restricted to cause the outer surfaceof the end i9. to contact with the lip 28 and force the tongue'fZ() into the groove 14C when the end portion l2 is inserted by a straight lengthwise movement between the outer surface of the end ll and the inner' surface `of the plate 2l, it is sufficient to permit transverse movement of the end portions in disconnecting them from each other.
llrom the above description it will be seen that` l have provided a simple and eihcient form of bracelet adapted to be readily secured in place upon the arm of the wearer or removed therefrom, while the rigidity of thev material sufhces to normally hold the end portions against separation an-d preserve the parts in proper relative position against such strains as they will be subjected to in ordinary use. The provision of the plate 2l overlying the end portion l2 not only serves to enhance the ornamental appearance of the structure but also prevents the tongue 20 from becoming accidentally! disconnected from the catch 1.6. The rigidity inherent in the material employed also serves .to prevent accidental separation of the end portions ll and l2 either by the band l() becoming sprung suiiiciently to releasethe tongue y20 from the catch 16 or by transverse movement of the end portions relative to each other.
VVhatl claim` is v 1. ln a bracelet structure a flexible split band formed of material possessing a` high degree of rigidity and provided at its end with oppositely extending tongues adapted to interlock by a straight movement of the end portions relative to each other in which position the rigidity inherent in tlieniaterial will normally prevent separation of the interlocking parts7 said oppositely extending tongues being movable from interengaging position by relative movementtransversely of the 4normal plane of the bracelet.
2; In a bracelet structure7 a flexible split band formed of material possessing a high degree of rigidity and provided at its end portions with oppositely extending tongues, a plate secured to the outer surface of one of said end portions and extending over the 'tongue formed thereon to provide a space for the reception of the other end portion, said plate contacting with the last named end portion to force the rsaid tongues into interengaging relation when the said last named end portion `is inserted within'the space between the irst named end portion and the portions y plate by a straight longitudinal movement.
ln a bracelet structure, a flexible split band provided at its end portions with oppositely extending tongues, a plate secured to the outer surface of one of said end porn tions and extending over the tongue formed thereon to provide a space for the reception of the other end portion, said plate being provided with a recess upon its under .surface overlying the tongue formed upon the first named end portion, and a lip carried by said plate for contact with said second vnamed end portion for forcing the tongues into interengaging relation when the second named end portion is inserted between the firstl namedend portion yand said plate by a straight longitudinal movement.
4. A bracelet of the character described comprising a split Celluloid band provided kat its end portions with oppositely extending tongues for interengaging with each other when the end portions are positioned in overlapping relation, the rigidity inherent in the material normally preventing springing of the band to cause' accidental release of said interengaging tongues, said oppositelyl extending tongues being movable from interengaging *position by relative movement transversely' of the normal plane of the bracelet. ,y
:in bracelet of the character described comprising a split-band of resilient material provided with interconnecting end portions, oppositely positioned tongues formedy upon the said end portions and adapted to interloclr together when the end portions are connected, said interengaging tongues being normally separable from each other only by relative movement in a direction transversely of the normal plane of the bracelet.
6. A bracelet of the character described comprising a split-band of resilient material provided With interconnecting end portions, similarly formed oppositely positioned tongues carried by said end portions and engageable with each other by a straight longitudinal movement of the ends, said tongues being formed to resist separation byg a straight longitudinal movement of the end portions but separable by relative movement of the end portions in a direction transversely of the normal plane of the bracelet. l0
ln testimony whereof have a'ixed my signature.
SAMUEL FGSTER, JR.