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Publication numberUS1520932 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 30, 1924
Filing dateAug 23, 1923
Priority dateAug 23, 1923
Publication numberUS 1520932 A, US 1520932A, US-A-1520932, US1520932 A, US1520932A
InventorsComstock Daniel J
Original AssigneeComstock Daniel J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Traveling bag or box
US 1520932 A
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Dec, 30, 1924.

D. J. COMSTOCK TRAVELING BAG oR Box Filed Aug. 23. 1923 g- 5 lNvENToR M paxil-1%( B "7 mm1 Patented Dec. 30, i924.




Application filed August 23, 1923.

a citizen of the United States, residing at- Brooklyn, in the county of Kings and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Traveling Bags or Boxes, of which the following is a specication.

The present invention relates to traveling bags or boxes, particularly for ladies hats and other apparel or articles and has for its object to provide a construction, whereby more than one hat can be conveniently packed without any danger of crushing or otherwise damaging the same.

Another object of this invention is to provide a construction, which will permit hats and other apparel to be packed interchangeably or together without interfering with one another.

Other objects of this invention will appear from the detailed description thereof.

In the accompanying drawing, which constitutes part of this specification and in which similar reference characters denote corresponding parts, Fig. 1 is a vertical section of one embodiment of my invention; Fig. 2 a cross section on line 2-f2 of Fig. l; Fig. 3 a perspective view of a detail; Fig. 3a a reduced side elevation showing the case in open position; Fig. 4t a similar section to Fig. 1 of a modified form of construction of the case and Fig. 5 a cross section on line 5 5 of Fig. 4t.

The box or bag, according to Figs. 1 to 3a inclusive, is composed of twouniform substantially cylindrically curved sections 1.0, each having a flat end wall 11 and a part of its cylindrical circumference {iattened as at 12. The two sections are hinged together at their flattened portions 12, as at 13, with their open ends facing one another. The flattened portions 12 of the two compartments together serve to form 4a base. At points below the center of each case, are attached to the inner face of the cylindrical wall 1l straps or flexible bands 14 (Fig. 3a) of suitable length serving to hold the two cases at a convenient angle apart, when the same are tilted laterally into open position, while the case is resting on its base 12. At convenient places on the outer face of the side wall, I provide suitable locking means 15 for locking the box in closed position. I also provde on top 0f the box two handles 16, one

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for each case or section. Tiltably attached, as at 17, to the inner face of either one or each of the sections, is a substantially circular' iiap 1T to serve as a lid for the open end of the respective section. In

closed position, the lflap or lid is adapted to rest on an annular ledge or shoulder 18 projecting from the inner face of the side wall of the respective case. The flap or lid may have on either or Aeach one of its faces pockets 19 for the accommodation of toilet` articles or the like. Similar pockets 20 may be provided 0n the inner face of the base of either or each compartment.

I/Vhen using the box or either of its sections as a hat case, a centering piece must be employed, which, projecting into the hollow of the crown of the hat, is adapted to retain the hat steadily in position, soy as to prevent it from being crushed or otherwise damaged by'being knocked from side to side, when handling the bag. Ordinarily such centering pieces are projecting conical or cylindrical bodies fastened to the bottom of the box. When it isr desired to use the bag for articles `other than hats, the centering piece must be detached and either removed entirely from within the box or else accommodated elsewhere therein, both being obviously objectionable.

According to my invention, the centering piece is made collapsible, so that when its use as a centering piece is not desired, it can be foldcddown to lie flatly on the wall to which it is attached permitting the packing of articles other than hats. rIto this end, my centering piece is composed of two separate strips 21 of stiffened material, which are arranged contiguously side by side on the inner face of the side wall of each compartment, as per example shown in Figs. l and 2. Each of these strips, at the remote side edges, is formed with -latorally projecting flexible iiaps or ears 22 of which one is arranged about the middle of the strip and one near each end thereof.

Each flap is formed with an eyelet 23 ofthe i flaps intact, lthat is, in engagement with theirbuttons,v andthen the strips are raised and their end portions bent in a circular manner, until the. end edges of the two strips meet. At these points, additional buttons 25 are provided, which are .adapted to engage the eyelets ot the end 'flaps` so that the two erected strips now will to- ,gether form a cylindrical or tubular body similarito the usual centering piece, which, when `projected into the `hollow of thel crown ofa hat, `will retain the latter in position.

The hollow of said centering piece may belutilized as a pocket for the accommodation of :various small. articles, such as bottles or the-like. To this end, a lid may be provided -to close said pocket. This lid is made up of two circular sections 26, each 'tiltably Vattached at the center ot its circu- :l-ar edge'tothe center ot the outer or upper edge of'each strip, as at 27. These sections, when #the strips are collapsed, rest tlatly thereon. vNear their straight edges, these circular flaps maybe providedwitha strap 28 and snap fasteners 29, 30, whereby the -twol sections oithe-lidfmay be held together in closed position.

inthe modification shown in Figs. et and 5, the bag or box is so shaped that the hats, whenpacked,\instead of being supported on the side walls, as in the ilirst'examp'lm are suspended or supported by centering` pieces attached toltiltable fiaps or lids. The box is composed -of ytwo cylindrically curved sectionsor cases 3l 4whose vend walls BZpinstead of being `dat, as in the first example, are substantially hemispherically shaped. In each section, .I provide a tiltable tiap or '-lid 33, which `is attached to the inner face of the flattened base Het and `whereby the section is divided into Aseparate compartments, 3G. The compartment 35, which is-surroundcd'by the-hemispherical wall, is adapted to accommodate a'hat and the other compartment 36 serves for packing other .artieles. The flap 33 is shaped and constructed similar to the flap 17, and rests on-a shoulder or ledge 37 projecting :from :the .inner iface ot the side .wallet said vhat compartment. 'In its center, the flap b3 may be provided with a centering piece 38 ot ordinary construction or ot the collaljisible construction heretofore described. The open end of .cach ycase may be closed by a :similar lid or flap 39.

It will be seen that a=bag constructedaccording to my invention Iis very 4practical invthat it not only provides room for the accommodation of at least two hats without any danger otcrushing or damaging the same, but permits the use of the space therein interchangeably for hats and other articles without the necessity of removing the centering pieces. Another advantage of my new traveling bag is that while the bag stands on its base in upright position, it can be opened in the center and retained inthe open position permitting access at once to the compartments ot both sections.

-lVhat I claim is l. A. traveling `bag or box composed oi" cylindrically curved sections or cases, each having a part ot its cylindrical sui-tace yflattened to liorm abase, and both cases being hinged together lat said base, the end wall ot each case being hemisphericalliY curved, a liapor lid in each case dividing the -latter into separate compartments, the one bounded by said hemispherical wall serving for the accommodation ofa hat and means onthe `inner tace of said flapor lid Afor retaining a hat in position.

2. In a bag or box for hats and other articles, parallel stitfened strips so attached as to be capable of being raised and vbent to form together a tubular body adapted to be projected into the crown oic a hat and serve'bothas a hat retainer and pocket, a toldable flap on each strip, which when the lstrips are raised lwill together form a lid to close the open top of said tubular body, means for securing said strips 4in such -raised and bent position and means for 4locking said '.flaps in closed position.

3. fr traveling vbag or box composed oi' two cylindrical cases,each having a part ot' its circumferenceitlattened to .torni a base and both being hingedtogether at said base. a removable member on the inner surface ot the side walloteach case for retaining a hat in positiontherein and a flap tiltably fastened at the uncture of the'two flattened portions of the cylindrical walls of said cases and a ledge on one of said cylindrical walls serving as rest vfor said Hap separating said two cases.

In testimony whcreotI l allixmy signature Ain presence otl two \.\ritncsses.



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U.S. Classification206/8, 190/109, 190/13.00G
International ClassificationA45C11/02, A45C11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C11/02
European ClassificationA45C11/02