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Publication numberUS1479008 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 1, 1924
Filing dateMay 25, 1922
Priority dateMay 25, 1922
Publication numberUS 1479008 A, US 1479008A, US-A-1479008, US1479008 A, US1479008A
InventorsTimothy B Powers
Original AssigneeTimothy B Powers
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Watch and compass holder for belts
US 1479008 A
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Jam. 11 1%241" T. B. POWER$ WATCH" AND COMPASS HOLDER FOR BELTS Filed May 25 UNHTEED STATES innate earner rrreno TTMIQlTHY 3B. IPUWERS, @l BEQQKLYN, NEW YIdllt WATCH AND @GMPASQ HQLDER 1 B BELTS.

Application filed may 25, 1922.

To all whom it 12mg concern."-

Be it known that T, TIMOTHY B. Powers, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Watch and Compass Holders for Belts, or which the following is a specification.

This invention has for itsobject to provide means for securing a watch or other similar article on the belt or other piece of wearing apparel, wherein the device will be extremely simple in its construction and of low manufacturing costs; and will also be secure in its attachment to the belt.

A. further object of the invention is to provide such a devicethat can also operate as a holder for a desk watch.

In the accompanying drawing showing embodiments of my invention, Fig. 1 shows the device secured to a belt and containing a watch.

Fig. 2 is a similar view in the open position.

Fig. 3 is a vertical section through the device.

Fig. a shows the spring wire bail detached Fig. 5 shows the device in use as a desk watch holder. I

tachment.

Fig. 9 shows a similar device used to carry a compass.

The device comprises practically but three members, one of these being a base, the second member is the wire bail that is hinged to the base by simply having bent portions project intothe journal portions of the base without any additional members. And the third member is the meansfor retaining the watch or other article in the base, shown as a web or strip of elastic, that may have a clamping strip at each end to facilitate its attachment and removal and also renewal when desired.

The base member obviously can be used to hold other articles, and ma constitute the casing of a compass of any esiredconstruction.

As shown in the drawings,-and previously set forth the main novel features are the wire bail,-and its attaching means on the Serial No. 563,804.

base, and these are so organized and constructed that the bail being formed of a spring wire of considerable strength and resiliency, will function to hold the bail down in the plane of the base in its normal position, so that upon the bail being attached to a belt, or pocket, or other part of the wear ing apparel, such as the top edge of the trousers, the watch will be normally held in the vertical position, similar to being in the watch pocket of the trousers or other garment.

The base 2 is shown as annular, and is preferably of a size to receive the crystal portion of a watch 3, exposed at the opening i through the base and engaging the base by the crystal edge. Any desired or suitable means can be provided for retaining the watch'in such position, as indicated in the drawin The Fig. I 4, and comprises a substantially ll-shaped portion with side arms t and 5,

slightly diverging and the end portions of these arms are doubled back to form loops 6 and 7 separated a short distance to engage the opposite faces of the belt or other article, which loops extend transverse to the plane of the U portion. The extremities of the portions 6 and 7 are bent abruptly inward, as at 8 and 9, to, extend toward. each other, see Fig. l, and are designedto enter journal portions on the base.

The base 2 is provided with journal portions, such as projections 10 and 11, that are provided with bores 12 and 13, extend ing toward each other approximately in the plane of the base; which aperturedprd. jections form journals to. receive the bent extrelrnties 8 and 9 of the bail, seeFigs. 2, 6 an If these journal portions or a ertures and not be held upright against the belt.

But by the particular arrangement of these apertures, and the mode of ending the ex tremities of the bail, the base tends toswing inwardly against the belt in the upright position, and be retainedin-such posit on the marginal portion of the watch beyond tin member is shown separately in ltltl roe llO

' by the natural-resiliency of the bail. llhis is accomplished by the arrangement of these bores, and it will be seen from Fig.- 7 which is a plan view looking downwardly on the base, that the bores are substantially parallel with a verticle plane that would pass through the axis of the bores; b looking at the base from the rear, it will be seen, see Fig. 6, that these bores are inclined slightly upward, each toward. the other. From this arrangement it will be understood that with the bail in the closed position against the watch, the end portions of the bail arms extending into'the bores are turned or twisted upwardly whereby a kind of torsion twist is applied to the loop p01- tions 6 and 7 that results in the bail being, swung downwardly against the base, so that the base with the watch is pressed against the belt that passes through the loops, see Fig. 3. But it will be further seen that if the device is swung to draw the bail through a half circle, the reverse strain is applied to the bail ends. From this it follows that when the bail is held transverse to the base it is on a kind of dead center on these s ring ends tending to hold the watch in t e horizontal position relative tothe. belt sothat it is in a convenient position for inspection by the wearer, see Fig. 2.

To prevent swinging-the watch down beyond this horizontal position, the casin may be slightly exten ed at 14: that wil engage the belt and limit the movement, as she in Fig. 3.

To secure the watch in the annular frame or base 2, various means may be employed, and as shown ll provide a strip of elastic 16 having its end suitably secured on opposite sides of the base that are preferably made. parallel. lln ll 'i 8 ll show a pair of channel strips 17 in which the edge of the web 16 may be inserted, with one margin 18 closed on. the web. These channels on each end of the strip may engage the opposite edges of the casing to removably secure the strip.

As stated, the base can be swung to a position perpendicular to the belt and will e retained in this position, as indicated in Fig. 2 but on removal of the device from the belt, and swinging it to this position, the bail will form on its ortion or support, so that a desk watch holder is provided as indicated in Fig. 5.

llt is to be further understood that the bail and loops can only be applied to the belt or trousers in the open position of the bail and holder as in Fig. 2, and that when-the watch is swung up against the belt in the closed. position, as in Figs. 1 to 3, the extension it projectin a ainst the lower edge of the elt, abso ute y prevents removal of the hail from the belt. This is a safeguard against accidental loosening of the device or its uuauthoriaed rval.

agar/aces ried in the same manner as the watch and can be swung down for inspection when desired.

What ll claim is:

1. A device of the character set forth, the combination of an annular frame, a pair of journal members at remote portions on the frame, in which the apertures extend to- Ward each other, said apertures lying in the same plane perpendicular to the base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions under spring tension of the bail member, whereby the bail member will be normally yieldably retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment, andmeans on the base for removably holding a watch or similar article. I

2. A device of the character set forth, the

'combination of an annular frame, a pair of journal members at remote portions on the frame, in which the apertures extend toward each other, said apertures lyin in the same plane perpendicular to the ase plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member of spring wire in which the e'ndportions, are bent backwardly parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment,

said journal portions projecting across the loop portions in the normally parallel position of the bail to close the loops when engaging the belt, but which base member when the bail and loops are perpendicular to the base will extend beyond the loop members to permit entrance of the belt, and means on the base for removably hold ing a watch or similar article.

3. A device of the "character set forth, the combination of an annular frame, a pair of journal members at remote portions on the frame, in which the apertures extend toward each other, said apertures l in in the same plane perpendicular to t e lane'and which apertures are each slightly inclined to the base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member, of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallel. to form a loop tempos on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremi= ties being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment, and means on the base for removably holding a watch or similar article, comprising a strip of elastic gemovably secured on opposite sides of the ase, d. A device of the character set forth, the combination of an annular frame, a pair of journal members at remote portions on the frame, in which the apertures extend toward each other, said apertures lying in the same plane perpendicular to the base plane and which apertures are each slightly inclined to the base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member. of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment, said journal portions projecting across the loop portions in the normally parallel portion of the bail to close the loops when engaging the belt, but which base member when the bail and loops are perpendicular to the base will extend beyond the loop members to permit entrance of the belt, and means on the base for removably holding a watch or similar article, comprising a strip of elastic, a pair of channel strips secured to opposite ends of the elastic strip and having loop portions to removably engage opposite sides of the base, 7

5. A device of the character set forth, the combination of a frame, a pair of journal members at remote portions on the frame, in which the apertures extend" toward each other, said apertures lying in the same plane perpendicular to the base plane and which apertures are each slightly inclined to the base plane, and a holder memher in the form of a bail member of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallelto-form a loop on each side with the extremities bent-inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder-for belt attachment.

6. A device of the character set' forth,' the combination of a trameja pair of journal members at remote portlons on the frame, in which the apertures extend to? ward each other, said apertures lying in the same plane perpendicular to the base plane and which apertures are each slightly inclined to the base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment, said journal portlons pro ecting across theloop portions in the normally parallel position of the bail to close the loops whenengaging the belt, but which base member when the bail and loops is perpendicular to the base will extend beyond the loop members to permit entrance of the belt, v v

73: A device or the character set forth, the combination oil a frame, a pair oi journal members at remote portions on the frame,

in which the apertures extend toward each other, said apertures lying in the same plane perpendicular to the base plane and which apertures are each slightly inclined to the base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member of spring wire in which the end portions are bent backwardly parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment, comprising a strip of elastic rejmovably secured on opposite sides of the ase.

8. A device of the character set forth, the combination of a frame, a pair of aper-= tured journal members on the frame, and which apertures are each slightly inclined to each side with the extremities bent inward ly each toward the other, said extremities being located in said journal portions, un

der. tension whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment. R

9. A device of the character set forth, the

combination ofa frame, a pair of apertured journal members on the frame, and which base plane, and a holder member in the form of a bail member of a single piece f wire in which the end portions 1 Y ackwardly parallel to forma 1010p on each side with the extremities bent in-wapertures are each slightly inclined to the of sprin are bent n wardly each toward the other, said extrem- -v the base plane. and a holder member in the ill) Bit

ities being located in'said journal portions, under tension whereb the bail member will be normally retained in the plane or the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment and means on the base for removably holding a watch or similar article. a

. 10. A device of the character set forth, the combination of a frame, a pair of apertured journal members on the frame, and which apertures are each sli htly inclined to theibase plane, and a hold er the form of a bail member of single piece of sprinowire in which the end portions are bent backwardl-y parallel to form a loop on each side with the extremities bent inwardly each toward the other, said extrem ities being located in said journal portions, under tension whereby the bail member will be normally retained in the plane of the base with the loop members above the same to form a holder for belt attachment and the bail member will also be held in tr position perpendicular to the base.

comprisin a frame provided with a' pair of journa members, and a holder in the member in day of May,

net/ones form of a bail member of spring wireprovided with loop portions, the extremities of the wire being deflected and inserted in said journal members, respectively, said engagmg journal portions being arranged to normally retain the bail 1 ing against the frame vto permit the bail to e swung up from the u a o frame and whlch movement will maintain tension on the loop tending to return the loop to the frame. 4

12. A device of the character set forth swung up from the frame and which movement will maintain tension on the loop tend in% to return theloop to the frame. 11. A device of the character set forth, bi

gned at New York city, N. Y.,this 24th TIMOTHY 1B. POWERS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification224/152, 224/584, 33/355.00R, 224/269, 224/903, 248/114, 968/351
International ClassificationG04B37/14
Cooperative ClassificationG04B37/1433, Y10S224/903
European ClassificationG04B37/14B5