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Publication numberUS1530811 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 24, 1925
Filing dateNov 16, 1923
Priority dateNov 16, 1923
Publication numberUS 1530811 A, US 1530811A, US-A-1530811, US1530811 A, US1530811A
InventorsBrown Burr A
Original AssigneeBrown Burr A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bill fold
US 1530811 A
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March 24, 1925. v

Y B. A. BROWN BILL FOLD Fild Nov 16. 1925 IN VEN TOR BunRALBRoW/v,

Patented Mar. 24, 1925.

1,530,811 PATENT OFFICE.

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Application filed Remember 1c, 1923. Serial No. 675,189.

To all whom it may concern: j

Beit known that I, Bonn A. BROWN, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Albert Lea, in the county of Freeborn, in the State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bill Folds, of which the following is a specification. 5

My invention relates to improvements in bill folds and it consists of the constructions,

combinations, and arrangements herein described and claimed.

An object of the invention is to provide a bill fold or currency pocket-book bymeans of which currency may be held in a more 1 compact and advantageous manner.

Another object of the invention is to provide a bill fold which is arranged to receive and hold a plurality of bills, each independently of the other, so that one bill may be extracted without handling or disturbing any other bill. I p

A further object of the invention is to provide a bill fold having a flexible comb between the teeth of which the bills are independently held, said comb being flexed into a kind of fan-shape when it is desired to insert the bills in the first instance.

Other objects and advantages will appearfrom the following specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which,

Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the bill-fold closed.

Figure 2 is a perspective view showing the bill-fold opene Figure 3 is a perspective view showing how the comb is flexed in putting the bills in place.

Figure 4c is a perspective view showing how the bill-fold is held when paging through the various bills in order to find one of the desired denomination.

In carrying out'the. invention provision is made of a single piece of material such as leather, imitation leather, heavy binders cloth or the like, this piece of leather being indicated 1, 2.and 3 respectively, indicating the back of the bill-fold, the inner flap and the outer flap. The inner and outer flaps carry the component parts 4 and 5 of an ordinary snap fastener which is commonly seen on gloves.

One side ofthe back 1 is a little larger than the other, that isto say, the leather along the left side is cut so as to produce a flange 6 which is lapped over the base or back 7 of a comb. The comb has a plurality of teeth 8, the end teeth 9 and 10 being considerably wider than those in the middle for the purpose of rigidifying the back 1 transversely. The back 7 of the comb is sufiiciently heavy to serve this purpose lengthwise of the bill-fold. The comb is either cemented, eyeleted or riveted in place along the back 7 and the tooth 10. Any-one may be used according to the nature of the outside material used.

The teeth 8 of the comb are readily flexed.

the spaces between the teeth. The fact that the back of the comb rigidifies the bill-fold longitudinally is not to be understood to mean that the comb back is so stiif that it cannot bend. The comb is made of celluloid or other suitable material, and is adapted to serve both purposes very well.

All of the teeth are straight as clearly shown in Figure 2. The large end tooth 9 becomes useful in permitting the user to obtaln a hold on the comb with the thumb of the left-hand (Fig. 3) when he desires to flex or twist the comb in inserting the currency in the first instance. The inner flap 2 s cut away on a bias as at 11. The purpose in thus cutting the flap 2 away is to make it poss ble to have access to the currency in turning down the exposed corners of the bill in searching for one of the wanted denomination.

The operation may be readily understood from the foregoing description. Assume that the user of the bill-fold desires to fill it with a plurality of bills. He holds the bill-fold in the fingers of the left hand about as shown in Figure 3. The end tooth 9 is gripped by the thumb and the teeth. 8 of the comb are spread in a fan-like manner so that the spaces may be opened and the currency inserted in an orderly way. The bill-fold may then be folded up and snapped in the closed position as shown in Figure 1. In holding the bill-fold in the left hand as stated the back 7 of the comb will be bowed to a slight extent. This bowing of the comb is not prevented by the fact that the back of the comb rigidities the bill-fold longitudinall The material ofv which the comb is ma e is intended to be such that both functions -may be performed. The

bills or currency may either be folded before insertion or inserted without folding, this flap 3 being thrown all the way back (Figure 4), the inner flap 2 being held down with the thumb of the left hand. The interposed flap 2 obviates the necessity of pressing down on the teeth of the comb itself. The corners of the bills exposed beyond the cut away biased portion 11 of the inner flap 2 may now be turned down with the fingers of the right hand until the bill of the wanted denomination is found. This bill may be extracted without in any way molesting the other bills. It is not necessary to handle any of the other bills in order to reach and extract a particular one, other than to page through said bills as just explained.

The advantages of the improved bill-fold are obvious enough. The bills will be held firmly in position afterhaving been once inserted. The natural resiliency of the comb and the snapped inner and outer flaps will contribute largely toward the holding of the bills. Again, all of the bills will abut theclosed side or back 7 of the comb. It is .therefore possible that they may slip one way only, but from this they will be prevented by the means already described.

Ordinarily, bills are placed in large sized bill-folds in a spread open position without regard to order, and afterwards folded up to a convenient size to fit a pocket in the users clothin In these bill-folds, the bills are not quic y and easily accessible and extracted, and generally require the taking out of some of the bills, in order that they may be looked over, and the selection of a particular bill made.

With the improved bill-fold this is not necessar The bills are preferably folded once eac way to reduce them to one-quarter size before insertion between the teeth of a the comb. This calls for a comparatively small bill-fold which is readily pocketed. It is to be understood that the bill-fold may be made of any. flexible material, some of which have already been mentioned above, while the comb may be made of materials of different values such as celluloid, ivory, horn (imitation or otherwise), or possibly silver, gold or the like.

One purpose is to devise a bill-fold that can be manufactured very cheaply in the event that it is to be used as an advertising specialty. Again, other bill-folds may be made up of expensive leather, and in such cases the comb will be made of a corresponding high grade of material. The appearance of the bill-fold will be much enhanced by suitably applying a silver or gold plate to the outside flaps on which the name or monogram of the owner may be engraved.

While the construction and arrangement of the improved bill-fold as herein described and claimed is that. of a generally preferred form, obviously modifications and changes may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the claim.

I claim A bill-fold comprisin a case,'a comb of resilient material inclu ing a back and a plurality of teeth afiixed to the case along said back, a broad tooth at one extremity of the comb also fastened to the case, and

a similar broad tooth at the other end of the comb adapted to be grip ed by the thumb of one hand to twist the comb to se arate the teeth to facilitate insertion of fo ded currency.


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U.S. Classification150/140, 150/137, 150/143
International ClassificationA45C1/06, A45C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C1/06
European ClassificationA45C1/06