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Publication numberUS1605823 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 2, 1926
Filing dateFeb 19, 1925
Publication numberUS 1605823 A, US 1605823A, US-A-1605823, US1605823 A, US1605823A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hand luggage
US 1605823 A
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Nov. 2l 1926.



Patented Nov. 2, 1926.

Yn airi?,N straits .BAMFORD ELLIOTT, OIE? incasseren,


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Application filed February 13, 1325. Serial No. 10,405.

This invention relates to hand luggage such as suit-cases, hand-bags, lunch-kits and other similar articles.

It is the general object of my invention tov improve the construction of such articles, to thel end that they may be more easily and economically manufactured; that they may have greater strength and durability, and that they may more effectively protect the contents thereof.

A further object is to combine increased strength with light Weight. vTo the attainment of these objects, one important feature of my invention relates to the provision of a laminated `vvood body and cover, so construetedand joined together that greatly increased strength is obtained thereby.

Further features of my invention relate to the construction of a` suit-case or other similar article from a reduced number of pieces of body material and also to certain improvements in details of construction to be hereinafter described and more particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

A preferred form of the invention is shown in the drawings in Which- Fig. 1 is a perspective vievv of a suit-case embodying my improvements; and

Figs. 2, 3 and 4 are detail sectional views, taken along the lines 2-2, 3-3 and 4 4 in Fig. 1. j

Referring to the drawings, I have shown my improvements as embodied in a suitcase which is in general of the usual appearance and comprises a body portion having a back 10, sides 11 and ends 12. The suit-case is also provided With a cover portion comprising a top 13 (Fig. 3), side edge portions 14 and end edge portions 15.

In forming both the body and cover of my improved articles of luggage, I preferably construct the same from sheets of laminated Wood. In the drawings, I have shown these parts as constructed from three-ply bass Wood veneer, this material being particularly well adapted for the purposes of my invention.

In forming the body, I taire a sheet of llaminated wood or veneer 20 and glue or cement a suitable covering material 21 thereto. I have found that a light duct or drillin having' an enameled or Water-proof coating applied thereto is Well suited for the outer covering. I mayalso apply tothe -inside of the laminated Wood an inner cover-k Wood it is desirable to soften the material by the application of heat and moisture thereto, after Which the material lmay bev easily bent to form the bottom -10 and the sides 11. I may` also form an offset edge portion 23 at the same bending operation.

rIhe ends 12 of the `body may beformed from separate pieces of laminated Wood and covering material inserted at the ends of the' body and forming butt joints with theback and sides, as indicated in Fig. 4. I then finish these joints or corners by applying 'a strip of leather 24 about the corner and securing it in place by several lines of stitches 25 extending through the strip 24 and through the sheets of laminated vvood forming the back 10, sides 11, and end 12.

Additional corner pieces 26 (Fig. 1) may be stitched outside of the strips 24 if so desired, forming further protection for the corners of the suit-case.

I have shovvn the body of my improved suit-case as provided with a frame member 27 (Fig. 2) of rectangular steel, positioned just Within the outer edge of the body and secured in place by folding the covering material 21 about the edge of the body andl about the frame member 27 and by securing the same in position by stitches 28 extending through the inner and outer layers of the material 21 and through the laminated Wood 20.

The cover of my improved suit-case is similarly formed, With the side edge por.- tions 14 preferably continuous With the top 13. A fiat steel band 30 re-inforces the cover and is secured Within the ledge portion of the cover by bringing the outer covering material 31 around the edge of the cover and over the band and cementing or gluing the same. to the inside of the cover above the band. I also preferably insert a line of stitches 32 at the edge of the cover, these stitches extending through `both the inner and outer layers of the covering maassrenon "ro vvzlinimn.`

terial and through the extreme edge portion of the laminated wood and closely adjacent the steel band 30.

The preferred construction of the lami-l nated wood is indicated in Fig. 3, in which three layers of wood are shown with the grain in alternate layers running in different directions. f

A suit-case or other article of hand luge gage constructed as above described has been found to be exceedingly strong and durable, while at the same time it is light in weight and very firmly resists distortion. The smooth and evenly rounded corners which results from my improved methodV of construction aid greatly to the appearance ofthe article, and the water-proof outer coveringprotects it from rain and moisture.

Having thus described my invention and the advantages thereof, I do not wish to be limited to the details herein disclosed otherwise than as set forth in the claims, but what I claim is l. In a piece of hand luggage, a body formed of laminated wood and comprising back, sides and ends, the sides being continuous with the back and the sides and ends being offset inwardly adjacent their edges, a steel frame member fitted within said otiset edges, and a sheet of covering material secured to the outer face of said laminated wood and folded about said frame member and stitched to the wood adjacent the lower edge of said frame member.

2. In a piece of hand luggage, a cover having its top portion and side edge portions formed of a single piece of laminated wood bent to provide smoothly rounded corners, a steel band fitted within the edge portions of said cover, and a sheet of cover ing material secured to the outside of said laminated wood and folded inward about the edge thereof and over said steel band, said covering material being also secured by a row of stitches extending through the outer and inner layers of said covering material and through the eXtreme edge portions of said laminated wood beyond said steel frame'but closely adjacent thereto.

3. A piece of hand luggage comprising body and cover portions each formed of laminated wood and reinforced within its outer edge by a frame member, covering material for each portion secured thereto, said covering material being turned in- `.vardly over the edge of each portion and stitched adjacent each of said frame mem bers.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature.


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US3400741 *Jan 25, 1967Sep 10, 1968Goodyear Tire & RubberMethod of building fabric elastomeric containers and said containers
US5000301 *Jan 13, 1987Mar 19, 1991501 Louis Vuitton MalletierSuitcase
U.S. Classification190/125, 190/127, 217/2
International ClassificationA45C5/00, A45C5/02
Cooperative ClassificationA45C5/02
European ClassificationA45C5/02