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Publication numberUS1484489 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 19, 1924
Filing dateNov 25, 1922
Priority dateNov 25, 1922
Publication numberUS 1484489 A, US 1484489A, US-A-1484489, US1484489 A, US1484489A
InventorsAlice Givens Mary
Original AssigneeAlice Givens Mary
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Finger ring for handling paper sheets or the like
US 1484489 A
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Feb. 19, 192%;




Application filed November 25, 1922. Serial No. 603,332.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, MARY ALICE GIvENs, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city and county of San Francisco and State of California, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Finger Rings for Handling Paper Sheets or the like; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the characters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to finger rings for handling sheets of paper, counting money, dealing cards, and forother similar purposes.

The object of this invention is to improve the construction of rings of the type described above so as to make them better adapted for the purpose and easier to construct.

Briefly described, the invention comprises a ring adapted to fit the tip of the thumb or forefinger and provided on one side thereof with an enlarged plate-like portion which is slightly curved to fit the ball of the thumb or finger and which has secured to the outer surface thereof some clinging material such as shark skin or rubber, both of which are especially well adapted for the purpose under consideration.

In order to describe my invention with greater clearness, I shall have reference to,

the accompanying drawings, in which- Fig. l is a perspective view showing my improved ring in place on the thumb and employed in the handling of a sheet of paper;

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of my ring;

Fig. 3 is a side elevation thereof;

Fig. 4 is a bottom plan view thereof;

Fig. 5 is a section taken on line 5 -5, Fig. 2;

Fig. 6 is a side elevation of a ring employing shark skin as the clinging material;

Fig. 7 is an end elevation of the ring shown in Fig. 6;

Fig. 8 is a bottom plan view of the ring shown in Fig. 6;

Fig. 9 is a section taken on line 99, Fig. 8; and

Fig. 10 is a bottom plan view similar to that shown in Fig. 8, but with the shark skin covering removed.

The same reference numbers will be used to designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views.

My invention comprises a band of metal, hard rubber or any other suitable material which possesses the required strength and rigidity, and is formed with a plate 1, whose front and rear edges are preferably curved, as shown in Figs. 4, 8 and 10, and which has curved fingers 2 and 3 extending upwardly from each side. Fingers 2 and 3 are bent so that they will engage about the first joint of the thumb or index fin er somewhat as shown in Fig. 1. I have s own 2 and 3 as two fingers separated at one end and attached to opposite sides of plate 1 at the other, as this construction results in a ring that will fit a large number of different sized fingers. It is obvious, however, that instead of making fingers 2 and 3 open, as shown in Figs. 2 and 3, I can join them together as in Fig. 7 and make the rings in different sizes.

The front and rear rounded edges of plate 1 are notched as indicated by the numeral 6, which results in a plurality of teeth 7. The bands 8 from which my clinging surface is formed may be formed from indiarubber or shark skin and are anchored to the teeth 7. It is evident that when elastic bands are employed, they are merely stretched between two teeth 7. Two parallel strips are thus formed from each band. When a band breaks, it is apparent that it may be readily replaced by another. When shark skin is employed it may be similar to the rubber bands, but I prefer to take a piece of shark skin 10 the same size and shape as the plate 1 and attach it to the outer surface of the plate by means of glue or cement and then to rivet, stitch, or sew the edges fast to teeth 7, as indicated by numeral 11 in Fig. 9. Shark skin is particularly well adapted to serve as clinging surfaces for the reason that one surface thereof is rough like the surface of a rasp and may be termed hispid. The minute projections are especially well adapted to engage the surface of the paper and cling thereto, and besides this, it is very durable and need not be replaced but can be replaced if desired.

I desire to call particular attention to the fact that the notches 6 and teeth 7 are of great value in both the construction shown in Figs. 2 to 5 and that in Figs. 6 to 10. In the former species the clinging bands,

formed into bands which may be either rubber or shark skin, are in the form of bands or strings secured to the teeth 7, and in the second species the shark skin 10 is riveted or sewed to the teeth 7 which assists in holding the clinging member in place.

As far I am aware, I am the first one to make a ring having the front and rear edges provided with teeth to which the clinging surface is anchored, and I to employ shark skinas a clinging surface.

Having now described my invention, what I claim is:

A'finger ring adapted. forusein handling sheetsof paper, comprising in com binati-on airing portion having a widened;

plate-like portion on one side thereof adapted to he engaged by the ball of the finger, said plate having the opposite sides thereof serrated whereby a clinging member may be readily attached thereto. K

2. A finger ring adapted for use in handling sheets of paper, comprising in combination a ringportion having a widened plate-like portion on one side thereof adapted to be engaged: by the ball of the finger, serrations on the opposite edges of said plate, and a clinging surface secured to said serrations.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.


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US4102480 *Sep 20, 1976Jul 25, 1978Beirne Ranelagh Bawn OThimbles
US4763940 *Jul 20, 1987Aug 16, 1988Held Curtis NDocument handling aid
WO2007112705A1 *Apr 6, 2006Oct 11, 2007Welsch NilsHygienic ring
U.S. Classification294/25, 2/21
International ClassificationB42D9/00, B42D9/04
Cooperative ClassificationB42D9/04
European ClassificationB42D9/04