US 1701057 A
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Feb. 5, 1929. 1,701,057
M. E. THATCHER IMPLEMENT HOLDING DEVICE F 116d July 23, 1927 in? W 411 Patented Feb, 5, 1929.
UNITED STATES MILO EDMUND THATCHEE, OF MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA.
IMPLEMENT HOLDING DEVI GE.
Application filed July 23,
This invention relates to a device, the purpose of which is to enable a small implement or useful article to be held temporarily on ones wrist in a convenient position to enable it to be quickly reached by the other hand; for example, a dentist in working in ones mouth frequently must employ the fingers of both his hands at once and must frequently use a small mirror to examine the interior of the month while the work is progressing. This necessitates the dentist looking around on his instrument stand for the mirror, which entails inconvenience to the dentist and a loss of time. The general object of this invention is to provide a device which may be readily attached to ones Wrist and having means for detachably holding an implement or instrument, such as a dentists mirror, so that it can be readily reached when the dentist desires to use it, also to construct the device in such a way that the instrument will not interfere in any way with the free use of the dentists fingers.
A further object of the invention is to construct the device in such a way that the stem of the dental mirror, or any other article having a shaft or stem, can be secured in the holder by lateral movement; also to provide a construction which will enable the holder to be readily adapted for holding several difierent useful articles which may be useful to a person performing any kind of manual work. I
Further objects of the invention will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the novel parts combination of parts to be described hereinaftcr, all of which contribute to produce an efficient implement holding device.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is described in the following specification, while the broad scope of the invention is pointed out in the appended claim.
In the drawings:
.Figure 1 is a perspective illustrating a holding device embodying my invention and indicating the manner in which the device is to be attached to ones Wrist and employed to hold an instrument such as a dental mirror.
Figure 2 is a plan of the device removed from the wrist and extended out as though lying flat on the top of a table.
Figure 3 is a side elevation of the device in the position illustrated in Figure 2 and indicating in dotted lines how the band of 1927. Serial No. 208,037.
the device is applied around ones wrist to carry a pencil.
Figure 4% is a cross-section upon a greatly enlarged scale, through the device, taken on the line el-d of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a perspective illustrating a modified embodiment of the invention adapting it to held several articles.
Figure 6 is a side elevation illustrating a pin cushion which may be constructed to enable it to be detachably held on ones wrist by means of my device.
Referring in particular to the parts, the device comprises a wrist band 1 provided with detachable means, such as a buckle 2, cooperating with perforations 3 to enable the device to be strapped to ones wrist.
The device is preferably attached as illustrated in Figure 1 so that the buckle is located on the same side of the wrist as the palm of the hand; usually the device would be attached to ones left hand. On the side of the band 1 which is on the outer side of the wrist the device is provided with a holder 4- to enable an article to be detachably secured to the wrist band, for example, some small article which would be useful to the person using the device. In the present instance, I have illustrated the device as holding a dental mirror, the stem 5 of which is held on the device so that it extends across the wrist and substantially in the plane in which the wrist band 1 is disposed. In order to accomplish this, the holder 4 is preferably in the form of a yielding clamp having two oppositely disposed resilient jaws (5. These jaws are clearly illustrated in Figure They are formed by bending up the side edges of a plate 7, and the jaws con verge slightly toward each other in an outward direction with respect to the wrist, and the outer ends of the jaws are preferably bent around to form curved lips 8 which facilitate the insertion of the stem 5 of the dental mirror by lateral movement.- The plate 7 is formed at its ends into elongated eyes 9 which enable the two sections 1 and 1 that make up the wrist band, to be attached.
If desired, the holder can be constructed so that it is adapted to hold a plurality of diiferentarticles. Such an embodiment of the invention is illustrated in Figure 5, in which the holder is formed with a plurality of sockets 10 formed from a plate 11; as illustrated in Figure 5 these sockets are all alike but, if desired, they may be of different sizes or formation to adapt them to hold the handles or shanks of different kinds of instruinents. However, the longitudinal aXis of the socket in any case will generally extend transversely to the wrist and should lie in the same general plane that in which the band 1 is located. This enables the device held, for example a dental mirror, to project in a direction which will not interfere with the free use of the fingers of the hand.
It will be evident that this device could be extremely useful for persons doing any kind of manual work requiring the picking up of dill'erent articles from time to time for example, it would be very useful to a seainstress for holding pins in convenient position to be reached. In Figure 6 1 illustrate a form of pin cushion having a shank 12 in the form of a block projecting from a body 13 of the pin cushion. This block can be shoved into position between the jaws of the device and would hold pins within convenient reach of the seamstress. At the same time the presence of the pin cushion would not interfere in any way with the free use 01": the seamst-resss fingers.
lVhat I claim is:
A device of the kind described, having a. wrist band with detachable means for securing the same to ones wrist, and having a holder located at a point on the band at the back of the wrist, and having a socket with a pair of oppositely disposed resilient jaws extending in the same general plane with the plane of the wrist band and capable of grasping the shaft of an. article extending; transversely across ones wrist.
Signed at Los- Angeles, Calif, this 15th day of July, 1927.
MILO EDMUND THATCHER.