US 1727954 A
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Sept. 10, 1929. w. BE IEHLER 1,727,954
ARTICLE CARRYING BRIEF BAG Filed June 25, 1927 INVEOR WILLIAM BEEHLER JWBW A TTOHNE Y Patented Sept. 10, 1929.
UNITED STATES WILLIAM H. BEEHLER, OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
ARTICLE-CARRYING BRIEF BAG.
Application filed June 25,
My invention relates tohand-bags, and es pecially to those of the class known as briefbags, provided with improved and simpl fied means for conveniently securing and carrying an umbrella, parasol or other articles in a convenient and protected position therein.
Bags of this class usually have one or more pockets, a closure flap covering the open tops of the pockets, and straps connected to the closure flap or encircling the bag near each end, overlying the closure flap, provided with buckles, and held against lateral displace-- ment by loops secured to front or rear faces of the bag.
The invention consists in providing articlereceiving loops located at the inner face of the upper, or fold portion of the closure-flap,
near the ends thereof; and preferably, as in the present specific embodiment, I provide strap-slots in the stated portion of the closure flap, and pass the brief bag straps through these slots, to formfthe interior loops, 1n which the umbrella, parasol or other article is inserted, is thenenclosed and located in protected position above the pockets when the flap is closed, and is secured against (115- placement by the act of tightening and buckling the straps, whereby the strap-loops are tightened about the article.
The accompanying drawing shows one representative embodiment of the invention, which is however capable of modifications, and I contemplate the employment of any structures that are within the scope of the appended claims.
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a brief bag embodying the invention in one form, in open position. I g
Fig. 2 is a similar view, showing the bag closed, with a part of the closure flap broken away.
Fig. 8 is a section at 33 Fig. 2. i The brief bag, chosen as an illustration of an article of baggage readily adaptable for carrying an umbrella, parasol or other article for the purposes of this invention, has the usual front and back walls 1 and 2 of leather or substitute material, with interposed pockets having intermediate walls or sheets and end bellows formations, and a closure flap 3 1927. Serial No. 201,333.
which is usuallyintegral with the back Wall and comprises an upper portion 4 which is curved or folded overthe tops of the pock-. ets when in closed position and to which the 'ha-ndle'o isconnected. The flap terminates in a portion which overlies the front wall of the bag and is provided at the center of its lower edge with a latch 01' hasp 12 to co-opcrate with a lock 1.3 secured to the front wall 1 asusual.
Straps 6 are also provided, encircling the bag near its ends and secured against lateral displacement by cross pieces forming strapretaining loops 15 as usual. One end of each strap is provided with a buckle 7, and the other end has spaced buckle-tongue holes 8. Otherwise, shorter straps may be employed, which do not encircle the bag.
For the purpose of, detachably securing the umbrella or parasol or other article within the bag, spaced, laterally-directed slots 9 are cut in the upper portion 4 of the closure flap in the normal planes of the straps, and the straps are passed inwardly throughthe rearward slots l and again outwardly through the forward slots, thus forming strap loops l interior to the closure flap. In case short straps are used, they may be secured by rivets to upper portions of the rear wall 2, near. the rear slots 9, and passed through the slots in the manner above ex plained, or they may be secured to the inner face of the closure and passed out through the forward slots 9.
The umbrella or parasol U, chosen as an eX- ample of an article well-adapted for carrying in the bag, is of a length suitable for a' brief bag of ordinary dimensions, and is preferably of a type having a short, bluntended tip T, inserted through the strap loops 10 when the closure flap is open. Thefabric or cover portion C of the umbrella when closed is of'such length that it is entirely or almost entirely comprised within the lengthwise dimension of the bag. Umbrellas suitable for this purpose also have a relatively short handle H, so that neither the tip nor handle end will project more than a few inches beyond the limits of the bag.
After the umbrella has been inserted through the strap loops and positioned so that almost all of the cover fabric is within the lengthwise limits of the bag, (Fig. l) the closure flap is dropped to closed position,
whereupon the umbrella is located within the upper curved portion 4; of the closure flap and just above the pockets; and the free ends of the straps 6 are located as usual in bags of this type, ready for insertion in the buckles, tightening and fastening whereupon the strap loops 10' are drawn with a desired degree of tightness about the umbrella cover fabric, and the bag at the same time is closed and supported by the straps, the lock members l2 and 13 being also usually engaged in the usual manner (Fig. 2). i
' In this way the umbrella is held so securely, by the strap loops that it is practically immovable and the fabric is not subject to wear occasioned by chafing against parts of the bag, and is also protected from external dust and dirt by'the closure flap. The umbrella is immediately accessible for use by opening the toy closure flap and pulling the umbrella out from the loops, whereupon the bag is again closed and the straps drawn tight to 'close andsecure the closure flap: in the usual way. To replace the umbrella in the bag it is only necessary to open the closure flap and pull out the strap portions constituting the loops 1O sufficiently to reinsert the umbrella therein.
Desirably, stops in the form of studs or buttons 6* are secured, as by riveting, to the straps, just forward of the front slots 9, these stops being so located on the straps to provide strap portions of proper length to form the loops 10. These stops serve, when the closure flap is open, to prevent the straps from pulling back through the forward slots 9,
and so enlarging the loops as to permit the:
umbrella to slip or fall out of the bag.
Instead of an umbrella or parasol,'other articles. such as rolls of drawings, gymnasium shoes, a rolled or folded rain-coat or cape,
or others too numerous to mention, may be secured in the loops, or either of them.
I have therefore provided in an ordinary article of hand luggage such as a brief bag, with very simple modifications involving almost negligible expense, meansfor'conveniently and securely holding and enclosing.
therein in protected position, an umbrella or parasol, which is thus made immediately available for use as a protection against sun or rain, and in such a way that whenv not in use the umbrella or'lilre article is easily carried and does not occupy any of the bag space ordinarily available for, carrying papers, books or other articles. I claim: i
1. A bag comprising front. and rear walls,
a closure flap extendingfrom the rear wall i and foldable over the upper portion of the bag and overlappingvthe front wall, the upper, folded portionof the. closure flap being provided near each end with spaced, longitudinally-directed slots, and straps encircling the bag in the transverse planes of said slots, means securing the straps against lateral displacement, upper portions of the straps being inserted through the rearward slots and emerging through the forward slots to form loops interior to the closure flap and adapted to receive and secure therein an umbrella or other article, the straps being provided with buckles, whereby the closure flap may be secured in closed position in the usual manner and the article secured by the loops in enclosed position within the upper portion of the closure flap.
2. A bag comprising front and rear walls, a closure flap extending from the rear. wall and foldable over the upper portion of the bag and overlapping the front wall, the upper, folded portion of the closure flap being provided near each end with spaced, longi tudinally-directed slots, and bag-closure straps in the transverse planes of said slots, upper portions of the straps being inserted a closure flap extending, from the rear wall and foldable over the upper portion of the bag andoverlapping thefront wall, theupper,
folded portion ofthe closure flap being provided near each end with spaced, longitudinally-directed slots, and bag-closure straps in the transverse planes of said slots, upper portions of the straps being inserted through the rearward slots and emerging through the forward slots to form loops interior to the closure flap and adapted to receive and: secure therein an umbrella or other article, the straps having projectionsthereon' adjacent the forward slots preventing forward portions of the straps pulling backv through the slots,
and means for securing end portions of the respective straps eXteriorly to the bag front wall, whereby the closure flap may be secured in closed positionin the usual manner and the articlesecured in the loops in enclosed position within the upper portionof the closure flap. I
In testimony whereof I have signed this specification this 22d day ofJune, 1927.