US 1621831 A
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. 1,621,831 March 22 1927' H. M. coLvlN KEY COMPACT Filed May 22. 1926 P-Tigl- @MMIII/4f /f M.
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`Ham IVI Colvin 'Patented Mar. 2z 1927.
, UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
Application illed May 22, 1926. Serial ilo. 110,942.
This invention relates to a carrying case for keys, o'r the like, and has for its primary object the provision of what is preferably termed Ia key compact constructed with a rigd'case within which may be housed suitable lneansfor supporting a 'large number of keys in their vpropei position and relation to each other,
One of the primary objects of my invention is the contemplation of a key compact which will hold the keys firmly in position to preclude the same from becoming disarranged or rattling when the compact is closed and carried in the purse or pocket.
Still another object of the instant invention is to provide novel means which may be adjusted Jfor holding each,v or all of the keys, in their proper position within the ke compact.
the course of the detailed specifications referring to the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a face view of a key compact made in accordance with my inventionand showing one side thereof in an opened position.
`Fig. 2 is ,a vertical cross-section of the compact taken on line 11'-11 of Fig. 1 with the compact in the closed position.
Fig. 3 is a horizontal cross-section of the compact taken on line 111-111 of Fig. 2.
Fi 4.is a top edge view of the com act l 'showing the attachment of the several eycarr ing hooks, and,
Fig. 5is an enlarged perspective view of one of the key retaining clips entirely removed rom the compact. l
Similar reference characters refer to like arts throughout 'the several viewsand the numerals 6 and 7l designatethe back and back alon cover, respectively, of the compact case, the coverv being hingedly secured to the oneside as at 8v and adapted to be locked 1n the closed position by the wellknownlatch members 9 and 10, respectively. The case of the comfpact maybe pressed or otherwise .formed o sheet metal so that it presents a rigid or non-collapsible housin for. the keys to be carried.
t is well known that key containers, pouches, etc. per 't the keys to bunch, overylap and become entangled as the vsanal 1s Women nd it diflicult to-V eing carried.
rocure a neat key carrying case and it-has been found extremely desirable to make this com act from German silver or cheap metals w ich may be coated or plated with a precious or semi-precious'metal. Within the hollow casing of the compact is carried the means, made in accordance with this invention, for retaining the key 12 in its proper position with respect to other keys carried in the compact therewith. To properly hold the keys so that they may be turned out away from the back' 6, a plu-` rality of hooks 13 are provided, each'having means 14 at their upper end for engagmg a vshort pintle 15J, formed integrally with the upper edge of back 6 in the manner sho-wn in Fig. 4. This method is properly carried out by cutting away a small portion on each` side of the pintle to permit the attaching means 14 to freely engage the same. The
' hooks 13 .are of the ordinary spring 'type any minor objects will appear during and key 12 may be slipped on in the wellknown manner.
.As an embodiment of one of the main fea y tures of my invention, the means for holding or retaining a key or keys, 12 in their proper position, has been illustrated herein to be a Spring plate 16 rigidly secured by rivets oranalogous mean to the back 6 of the compact. This spring (plate 16 has a plurality of slots 18 forme `therein which extend downwardly from the upper or ree end thereof to a point spaced from the lower, or
attached edge. Thesemany slots 18 are Karallel and are formed at intervals throng out the entire length of plate 16 and each are adapted to receive a spring clip 19 which is provided with ar .Eoot 2() to slide behind spring plate 16 whereby it is held against the inner surface of the back, 6. This foot 20 may extend on each side of the main portion,
of the clip 19 as shown in Fig. 5, and aids to securely hold the upper or key engaging jaw 21 thereof in the pro er position. I't is preferred to use two of t ese clips with each key and through the use of many slots 18 their distance apart may be varied according` to the thickness or width of the particular lkey to be hung on the hook 13 thereabove. .Clips v 19 are removable and may 'be inserted in any slot 18 along the length of plate 16. The same .will not rattleQor become noisy when not in use because foot 17 -ho1ds them securely in position against movement.
It is understood that the specific embodiment of my invention may be varied considerably from. the terms of this specification and that many modifications may be made;
i Without departing from they spirit of the insaid plurality of hooks.
p key carried by said vention or scope of the appen ed claims.
What I claim and desire to;secure by Letters Patent of the United States is: I
l. A key compact of the class described comprising a back and cover member hingedly attached along one side to form a hollow casing, a plurality of key carrying hooks pivotally carried by said back member along its upper edge, a slotted plate carried Within said casing ,and adjustable clips carried by said plate for engaging each key carried by 2. In a key compact of theclass'described having a plurality of pivotally mounted key carrying hooks and a means for securing each hooks in its proper rela'- tive position including a slotted resilient plate and a plurality of clips carried by said plate adapted to grip the sides ,of each key.
In a key compact of the class described having a plurality of pivotally mounted key carrying hooks and means for securing eac key carried by, said hooks in its proper relative position including a slotted resilient plate and a plurality of clips adapted to releasably eng-age the keys Vcarried by said hooks, said clips being removably mounted in the slots formed in the resilient plate.
4. In a key compact of the class described, a slotted resilient plate and k engaging clips lcarried in the slots of said plate, each clip having a foot portion engaged by said plate along each side of its respective carrying slot.
5. In a key compact of the character described, means for carrying a key to permit movelnent from the housed to the unhoused position including a swingable hook supported adjacent the edge of the compact and means for securing the key against movement including a pair of resilient clips removably mounted on the wall ofv said compact below said hook and adjacent the free end of the key supported by said hook.
In testimony Whereof I hereunto aiix my signature.
HENRY M. COLVIN.