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Publication numberUS1540372 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 2, 1925
Filing dateOct 28, 1922
Priority dateOct 28, 1922
Publication numberUS 1540372 A, US 1540372A, US-A-1540372, US1540372 A, US1540372A
InventorsSears Clarence M
Original AssigneeSears Clarence M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flash-light holder
US 1540372 A
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June 9 1,540,372


jgwww/w Ill Patented June 2, 1925.



Application filed October 28, 1822.

[0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, CLARENCE M. SEARS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Shelton, county of Fairfield, State of Connecticut, have invented an Improvement in Flash-Light Holders, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to a holder for the standard electric flash lights, and has for an object to provide a holder for this type of device to facilitate its use about a car, in the garage, or in the home.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a flashlight holder which may be quickly and easily applied to the head of the user and by this means he so supported as to project the light directly onto the work, and leave both hands free for use.

It is a still further object of the invention to provide a flashlight holder which will be simple in construction, and therefore, will be comparatively cheap to manufacture and will not easily get out of order in operation, one which will be easily portable and require little space, and one which will be comfortable to the user.

With these and other objects in view I have devised the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a view illustrating the method of using the device.

Fig. 2 is a top plan View of the flash light holder, and

Fig. 3 is a front view of the same, and

Fig 1 is a detailed section showing a slightly different means of connecting the lamp clamp to its support.

The support comprises a plate 10 of any suitable material such as sheet metal, provided with transverse slots or openings 11 adjacent its opposite ends. Secured to the forward side of this plate is a means for securing a flashlight, indicated at 12, to the holder. Various types of securing means may be employed but that shown is very simple and effective. It comprises a curved spring plate 13 open at one side 14: for the lateral insertion of the casing of the flashlight, the curved arms of the spring then gripping the sides of the casing and frictionally holding the same in any position desired. The free ends of the arms are preferably curved outwardly somewhat, as shown at 15, to facilitate insertion of the flashlight casing between them. The spring Serial No. 597,565.

plate is secured to the strap or plate 10 by any suitable means such as a rivet 16, or solder 17, or both.

To the other or under side of the plate 10 is secured a second plate 18, and it may be secured to the first plate by solder or the rivet 16. Secured to this plate 18 adjacent the opposite ends thereof, as by rivets 19, are pads 20 of some relatively soft material as rubber or fibre.

Passing through the slots or openings 11 is a flexible securing means comprising a strap 21, of any suitable material as leather or woven fabric, and it is provided with a buckle 22 for securing the same about a supporting means and particularly the head of the user, as illustrated in Fig. 1. The plates 10 and 18 are preferably curved, as shown, so that the support will more nearly correspond with the curves of the forehead and the pads 20 may assume a more natural position thereagainst when secured in position, to make the device more comfortable to the user. By adjusting the device to various positions on the head the light from the flashlight may be easily directed at any desired angle and projected onto the work. It will thus be apparent that the light is directed where it is most needed, the hands are both free for use and there is no danger of dropping and injuring the flashlight.

In Fig. 1 I have shown the spring plate or clamp for holding the lamp adjustably mounted on its support. In this construction two ears 23' are punched from the plate 10' and bent outwardly as shown. I also punch two ears at from the clamp 13' and bend them outwardly and either have them inserted between the ears 23 or have them embrace these ears, and pivotally secure them together by the pin or rivet 25. By this construction the light may be adjusted to different angles on the support without the necessity of shifting the support on the head of the user. The pin or rivet 25 is made sufficiently tight that the friction be tween the parts will hold the clamp and light in adjusted positions.

The device is very simple in construction comprising but few and simple parts which may be easily and cheaply manufactured and which also may be easily assembled.

Having thusset forth the nature of my invention, what I claim is: v

A flashlight holder including a support comprising a plate curved rearwardly longitudinally thereof and having transversely extending openings adjacent its ends, a second plate extending transversely of the first plate and secured thereto, said second plate being also curved longitudinally thereof and in the same direction as the first plate, pads mounted on the back of the second plate, a spring clamp carried at the front of the support adapted to grip the casing of a flashlight, and a flexible supporting strap extending through said openings.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.


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U.S. Classification362/105, 24/339
International ClassificationA42B1/00, F21V21/084, A42B1/24, F21V21/08
Cooperative ClassificationF21L15/14
European ClassificationF21L15/14