US 1576965 A
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March 16 1926.
F. GIESE PENCIL SUPPORT Filed Dec. 10, 1925 INVENTOR ATTOBNE Patented Mar. 16, 1926.
UNITED sra'rEs FRANK GIESE, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Application filed December 16, 1925. Serial No. 74,550.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, FRANK GIESE, a citizen of the United States, and resident of the city of New York, in the county of Bronx and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pencil Supports, of which the following is a specification.
The present invention relates to stationcry, and more particularly to a pencil support.
The most common pencil supports are in the form of racks, on which the pencils are placed when not in use. No means being provided for fastening the pencils to the rack or like support, the pencils are often mislaid or frequently carried along by the users. 7
The main object of the present invention is to provide a support having a simple and inexpensive means mounted thereon for securing the pencil to the support, said means being, preferably, in the form of a springpressed reel to which is attached one end of a suspending string, the other end of the said string being fastened to or engaged with the pencil, means being provided for automatically winding the string upon the reel, at the will of the user.
Another object of the invention is to produce a pencil support of the character mentioned which is simple in construction, efficient in operation, durable in use and capable of manufacture on a commercial scale, or in other words one which is not so difficult to make as to be beyond the reasonable cost of such a contrivance.
With these and other objects in view, which will more fully appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, the same consists in the combination, arrangement and construction of parts hereinafter described, pointed out in the appended claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, it being understood that many changes may be made in the size and proportion of the several parts and details of construction within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
One of the many possible embodiments of accordance with the present invention; Fig. 2 is a section taken on line 22 of Fig. 1; and Fig. 3 is a section taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1, on a larger scale.
7 In the drawings, the numeral 10 indicates a base, which may be of any suitable configuration. In the case illustrated, the base is in the form of a spring clip, adapted to be engaged with a blotter pad, such as are usuall found upon desks or writing tables. The bi otter pad is inserted between the two resilient arms 11 and 12 of the clip, whereby the latter is securely held in position upon the pad. Upon this base is mounted the pencil support, as will hereinafter appear, attention being, however, called to the fact that the base need not be in the form of a clip but may be of any other type in case it is to be secured, for instance, by screws to the desk or writing table, or if it is to be hung upon a wall of other support. To the base is fixed a hollow spindle 13, the free end of which is provided at diametrically opposite portions with two longitudinal slots 14, for a purpose hereinafter to be described.
Upon this spindle is rotatably mounted a, preferably, circular. housing 15, one fiat head of which, denoted by the numeral 16, rests upon the base, while its other head fits onto the free end of the spindle 13. Within this housing is disposed a reel 17, which is loosely mounted upon the spindle 13, the said spindle extending through the heads 18 and 19 of the reel. The reel is connected with the spindle by a spring coil 20, one end of which is secured to the spindle,while its other end is attached to the reel, the said spring, when under tension, having a tendency to turn the reel on the spindle in the direction of the arrow shown in Fig. 2 of the drawings. On the reel is adapted to be wound a string 21, the inner end of the said string being secured to the said reel. The string passes through an aperture 22 in the housing and has attached to its outer free end a sleeve 23, into which a pencil 24 may be fitted.
As clearly shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings, the head 18 of the reel rests upon the head 16 of the housing, while the head 19 of the reel is spaced from the other head of the housing, In the head 19 of the reel is provided a plurality of radial grooves or depressions 25, the longitudinal edges of which are rounded, as clearly shown in Fig. 3 of the drawings. With these depressions co-operates a cylindrical pin 26, which is seated in the slots 14 in the spindle 13, the said pin being centrally provided with a lug 27, fitted into said spindle. A coil spring 28 is disposed within the spindle, it bearing against the pin 26 and the opposite head of the housing 15, the said. spring having a tendency to seat the said pin in two diametrically extending grooves 25 in the head 19 of the reel.
In use, the base of the contrivance is mounted upon a blotter pad. Assuming that. the string is wound upon the reel and that the pin 26 is seated in a pair of grooves 25 in the head 19 of the reel, it obvious that the pencil is supported by the device, the inner end of the sleeve 23 bearing against the outer face of the cylindrical portion of the housing 15. If it is intended to use the pencil, the operator takes hold of the same and pulls on the attaching string until the latter has been Withdrawn from the housing the desired distance. As the string is being unwound from the reel,
the latter is rotated and the spring 20 put under tension. In unwinding the string, the pin 26 rides over the grooves 25 in the reel head 19, dropping into a pair oi grooves as soon as the operator ceases to pull on the string, whereby the reel is held in fixed relation to the spindle 13 and, consequently, the spring 20 is kept under tension. After use, the operator gives the string aquick jerk, whereby the pin 26 is unseated from the grooves 25 which it has occupied, thereby permitting the spring 20 to rotate the reel and thus to wind the string onto said reel. The housing is mounted rotatably upon the base 10 to permit it to be shifted by the operator into any desired position, thereby facilitating the unwinding of the string from the reel.
What I claim is:
1. The conibi'iiation with a base, of a hollow spindle fixed to said base provided in diametrically opposite portions of its free end with longitudinal slots, a housing ":0- tatably mounted upon said spindle having an aperture, a reel within said housing rotat-ably mounted on said spindle having in one of its heads radial grooves, a spring coil connecting said spindle and said reel, a string fixed to said reel and adapted to be wound thereon, said string extending through said aperture, a pin seated in the slots in said spindle adapted to engage the grooves in said reel, and a spring acting on said pin having a tendency to seat said pin in said grooves but permitting the same to be unseated from said grooves during the rotation of said reel on said spindle.
2A device according to claim 1, comprising a lug on said pin disposed in said spindle for preventing longitudinal movement ofsaid pin on said spin'dle.
Signed at New York, in the county of New York, and State of New York, this 9th day of December, A. D. 1925.