US 1522297 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 6, 1925.
F. J. GODSOL IDENTIFICATION DEVICE Filed Aug. 25, 1922 Patented Jan. b, 1925.
FRANK J. eonso i, on NEW Yonn, N. Y.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, FRANK J. GoDsoL,a citizen of'the Republic of France, residing at New York city, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Identification Devices, of which the following is a specification. 7
This invention relates to 1 identification devices. More particularly, the invention is directed. to an identification device for articles of jewelry and the like ornamental objects, such as pearl necklaces, etc.
One object of the invention is the provision of a device of the character'and for the purpose described, which shall function positively as an identification means without detracting from the ornamental or artistic appearance of the article identified.
Another object thereof is the provision of a device of the character and for the purpose described which may be readily removed from the article when desired, without injuring the article.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a pearl necklace which shall be capable of ready identification as to origin and make, and which shall yet be neat and ornamental in appearance to a high degree.
A still further object is to provide a method or process of identifying articles of jewelry, such as pearl necklaces, and the like, which shall be simple and easy to carry 7 out, and shall positively identify the article without in any way, disfiguring the same.
Other objects of this invention will in part be obvious and in part hereinafter pointed out.
The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangement of parts, and the art, method or process of identification, which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter described, and of which the scope of application will be indicated in the appended claims.
In the drawing accompanying this specification and forming a part thereof- Fig. 1 is an 'elevational view of a pearl necklace embodying my invention;
Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary view showing several beads of the necklace with I the identification memberin place therebetween and shown in cross-section,
i Fig. 3 is an enlarged perspective view of the identification member illustrated in Figs. 1 and-2;
Fig. 4: is an enlarged perspective view of a modified form of identification meansembodying this invention; and
Fig. 5 is an enlarged perspective View of still another modification.
Referring in detail to the drawing, 10 indicates a pearl necklace, consisting of beads I v 11 graded as to size, and all of uniform pearl color, on a string .12. The latter is preferably knotted asat '13 between the beads to prevent the scattering or dropping off of the beads from the string if it should be broken at any point. The necklace is closed by means of a suitableclasp 14;.
It is desirable to provide means on a necklace whereby it may be identified as to ori. gin or make,particularly when the necklace is one the public purchases by reason'ofits superior quality, workmanship, artistic finish, etc. To this end I provide on the necklace between any two beads such as 11 and 11 ,the identification disc 15, preferably of the construction now to be described.
The disc 15 is'ornamentally shaped and of a diameter not disproportionate to the average diameter ofthe beads. In the form shown in the drawings (Figs, 1, 2, and 3) this disc has countersunk or dishedffaces 15 and 15 and a sinoothly curved periph cry 15 and is of a color contrasting with the uniform colorof-the beads, thus forming a neat shapely device which harmonizes ornamentally with" the necklace and yet'is so distinctive as to become readily noticeable when the necklace is exhibited. The. disc-is perforated as at 16 to receive the string 12.
Preferably I make the disc of comparatively thinglass ,or the like brittle or frangible 1na-' terial so that it'may'be readily broken off and removed from the necklace when desired without injuring the necklace.- Thus when the necklace is. exhibited to the prospective purchaser, it will be recognized as the one of the particular make or origin identified by the disc. Once the purchaser becomes satisfied as to the identity of the necklace, the vendor or selling agent may readily remove the disc before delivering the necklace to the purchaser.
In Figs. 4 and v5 I have shown a modified form of identification disc made of thin sheet metal 17, having a central perforation 18 Wherethrough the string may pass. The metal is weakened along a diameter, in any suitable manner, so that the disc may be readily removed by splitting or breaking the thin metal along the line of weakness. Thus in the form shown in Fig. 4: the line of weakness is provided by a plurality of smallperforations 19 commencing at either side of the central perforation 16 and extending to diametrically opposed points somewhat inside of the periphery of the disc. In the form shown in Fig. 5, the line of weakness is provided by diametrically opposed slits QOEXiZGDdlIIg'likQWlSG from either side of the central perforation to diametrically opposed points somewhat inside of the periphery of the disc.
It may be desirable as an added precaution to make the removal of the identification disc possible only by an authorized person. To this end the faces-of the disc 17 in the form shown in Figs. 4 and 5 may be covered by means of a thin coating of paint or enamel of suitable color to contrast with the uniform color of the necklace and of sufficient capacity to conceal the line of weakness. The authorized person when selling the necklace will know that the disc is weakened along a particular diameter and can easily break the disc, without injury to the necklace,"by bending the disc about said line of weakness. I
In the practice of this invention, the pearl beads 11 are strung one by one on the string 12, which is knotted as each pearl is threaded thereon, and the identification disc threaded at any suitable point so as to be positioned between two beads.
It will be clear that the string of pearls to which my identification member has been thus applied presents a neat and ornamental appearance, and while the identification member is so distinctive in character as to become immediately noticeable, it in no way disfigures the article identified, and may be readily removed without injury to same.
As various possible. embodiments might be made of the above invention and as various changes might be made in the embodiment above set forth, it is to be understood that all matter herein set forth. and shown in the accompanying drawing is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. In a device of the character described, in combination, a necklace or the like, and
an identification member interposed between a pair of connected adjacent parts of said necklace and having a weakened portion adapted to permit breakage thereof for removal.
2. In a device of the character described, in cm bination, astring of beads, nd an identification member interposed between adjacent beads having a weakened portion adapted to permit breakage thereof for removal. v
3. in device of the character described, in combination, a string of beads, an identification member interposed betweenadjacent beads having a weakened portion adapted to permit breakage thereof for removal, and means concealing said weakened portion.
in device of the character described, in combination, a string of beads, and a removable identification disk of a thickness not greater than the normal space'between adjacent beads positioned between a pair of adjacent beads.
5. In a device of the character described, in combination, a strirg' of beads, and a destructible identification disk of a thickness not greater than the normal space between a pair of beads, said disk being provided with an axial aperture and arranged-between a pair of adj acentbeads.
6. In a device of the character described, in combination, a string of beads of substantially uniform color, and a disk strung on said string between a pair of adjacent beads and having a weakened portion extending substantially from the center to the periphery thereof topermit breakage for removal.
7. In a device of the character described, in combination, a string of beads, and a disk strung on said string between a pair of ad j acent beads and having a weakened portion to permit breakage thereof,-the faces of said disk having an opaque coating thereon adapted to conceal said weakened portion.
8. In combination with. a necklace comprising a string and beads of uniform. pearl color, a metal disc strung on such string between said beads and having a weakened portion intermediate the center and periphery thereof for the purpose described and specified. 7
9. In combination with a necklace comprising a string and beads of uniform pearl color, a metal disc strung on said string be tween said beads and having a weakened portion intermediate the center and periphery thereof, the faces of said disc having an opaque coating thereon adapted to conceal said weakened portion.-
10. The art of identifying a. string of pearl members which consists in threading along said string between two of said'mem bers a perforated member of distinctive and harmonious appearance, and breaking said last member and removing the fragments thereof when its function has been accomplished.
11 The art of identifying a string of pearl members which consists in threading along the string between two of said members a perforated member of distinctive appearance, aflixing clasp members to the ends &
of said string to secure said pearl members in position, and breaking said perforated member by transverse bending and remov- 10 ing the fragments thereof when its function has been accomplished.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
FRANK J. GODSOL.