US 1704075 A
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\ J. O. BROWN PEN AND PENCIL CLAMP March 5, 1929.
Filed Maren 11, 1927 Patented Mar. 5i, 1929.
I'OSIEIE` OTTO BROWN, OF BUTTE, MONTANA.
PEN AND PENCIL CLAMP.
Application led March 11, 1927. Serial No. 174,586.
This invention relates to pen and pencil clampinv devices, and more particularly to a clamp w iich may be attached to various articles, such a note-book, a' pad or the like,fo'r
5 holding a pencil or a pen in connectionwith such article. i
The invention is characterized by a clamp composed of a single piece of sheet metal,
. or other suiliciently rigid and elastic sheet material, the elasticity of the material being utilized to maintain the clamp in position,
as well as ,to hold the pen or pencil in connection with a book or other article.
Referring to the accompanying drawings,
16 Fig. 1 is a plan view illustrating the invention; v
Fig. 2 is a sec-tional view on the line 22, Fig. 1, and
Fig. 3 shows the clamp in perspective. The clamp comprises a piece of tempered sheet steel or suiliciently rigid and elastic sheet material, and lis ormedof a suitable length of said material'folded upon itself at 3 to produce a base portion 4 a return parallel portion 5, and an upwardly and downwardly curved portion 7. When constructed as shown in Fig'. 3, the clamp maybe applied tothe cover of 4a book B, to a piece of stiff cardboard, or to a sheet oi limp leather, as desired. When so applied to the article in connection with which the clamp is to be used, as, for example, a note-book B, the clamp will act to hold a pencil or pen 8 firmly in position upon one of the covers of the book, and at the same time by reason of the `elastic quality of: the material of which the clamp is composed will permit the ready detachment of the pen or pencil when the latter is needed for use, or its application to the clamp after use. v
In applying the device to the base to which it is to be attached, as the cover of a book B, preferably the leading end e of the curved i portion 7, is first introduced from below into a slit 10 made in the cover of the book, the length of which slit is equal to the width of the clamp. The clamp is then threaded through the slit from the inside to the outside of the cover u til it assumes its inal position on the cover as shown in Fig. 2, with the two parallel portions 4, 5 of the clamp lying upon opposite sides of the cover, while and extending parallel the upwardlyv curved pencil retaining portion 7 lies above the outer face of the cover, with sufficient space between this portion of the clamp and the cover to permit the pencil or pen 8 to be'i'orced into the opening between the forward edge e, and the cover of the book, the elastic character of the cla-mp permitting the pencil to be moved into position, whereupon the pencil will be retained against the cover of the book by the elastic pressure oi' the clamp. i
Due to the design of theclamp as illustrated in the drawings, the stress of holding the pen or pencil is borne entirely by the clamp itself, and accordingly it is immaterial on what character of material the clamp isl used. It works equally well on cardboard of any thickness, leather (stiff or flexible), paper, or any material used in the covers of any kind of-note-books, or-writing tablets.
1. A pen or pencil holder comprising a base portion arranged to lie upon the inside of a book cover or like support, and rebent upon itself to pass through a slot in the support and provide a member to lie upon the opposite side otsaid support, said member and base portion being of substantially the same width and formed continuously of a relatively narrow strip of metal and such member for a portion ot' its length being flat and extending parallel with the base portion, and thence curved upwardly to form an open socket, said member having its end normally spaced from the support and shaped to receive a pen or pencil and to clamp it against `said support.
2. A pen or pencil holder comprising a flat base member, such as a book cover, provided with a slot, in combination with a metallic clip passed through said slot, comprising a base portion lying upon the inside of said coyer, and a gripping portion lying upon the outer face ofsaid cover, said gripping portion being for a portion of'its length fiat with the cover and thence curved upwardly to orm an. open socket for clamping a pen or pencil flat upon 100 said base or cover.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 3rd day of March, A. D. 1927.
`JOSEF OTTO BROWN.