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July 22, 1930. A. DROUTMAN BAG Fil ed March 1a, 1927 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENT OR A. DROUTMAN BAG Filed March 18, 1927 July 22, 1930.
2 Sheets-She et 2 0% ATIORNEYS.
Patented July 22,1930
UNITED "STATES PATENT OFFICE ABRAHAM DROUTMAN, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Application filed March 18, 1927. Serial No. 176,310.
their greater bulkand weight. It is therefore contemplated vto provide a hand-bag made of light, flexible materials which may 10 be manufacturedand sold at a moderate cost and may be particularly convenient because of its relative lightness of weight and simplicity of construction. v
In accordance with these considerations there is provided a hand-bag in which continuationsof two of the sides thereof constitute handlesfor carrying the bag. "These sides are joined for a portion of their peripheries to form a receptacle and the material joining the side sections may be reinforced by stiffening material to keep the sides from collapsing and to assist in maintaining the shape and symmetry of the bag. A continuation of the joining sections is adapted to fold over between the continuations of the side sections forming thehandles to form a closure. 7. 1
The edges of the side sections are lapped over to receive alength of spring wire which has been shaped to thedesired contour of the finished product. This serves the purpose of maintaining the shape and symmetry of the side sections and lends. rigidity'to the bag. But, what is perhaps equally important from the standpoint of this invention, it also renders the continuations of the side sections constituting the handles adaptable-to serve the function of maintaining the cover or closure portions in place when the latter is folded over the opening left by the joining section. To accomplish this, and for greater convenience in carrying, the handle sections may be drawn together and heldin place, as by a strap and snap fastener, against the tendency of the spring wire to hold the side sect-ions fiat. Y 1
A modified form of the invention contemplates the provision of removable stiffening walls for the sides of the bag so that the same i may be cleaned or replaced when the interior of the bag has become soiled or worn in use.
' In the preferred embodiments the bag is shown as taking the general form of a lock, since this is pleasing in appearance and lends itselfpeculiarly to the construction herein set forth. It will be apparent, however, that the bag may be made in any other convenient shape and no limitation is intended upon the broad scope'of the invention, except as indicated in the appended claims, by anything in cluded in the following detailed description of the preferred form, which is to be read in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which: V
Figure 1 is a view showing the general shape and construction of the bag and particularly the manner in which the side sections may be drawn together to serve as a handle for the bag and to maintain the closure section in place.
Figure 2 is a vertical section showing the joining portion and parts of the closure portion in section.
Figure 3 is a view showing the spring wire reinforcing the side sections and showing the manner of joining the ends thereof.
Figure 4 is a side elevation partly in section showing the interior of the bag.
Figure 5 is a sectional view taken along the line 55 in Figure 2 and showing the manner of fastening together the side and joining sections and the disposition of the spring wire.
Figure 6 is a view in front elevation of a modified form of the invention, parts being broken away in the interest of clearness.
Figure '1 is a side elevatiompartly in section, of the form of the inventionshown in Figure 6. j 1 1 Figures 8 and 9 show the methodemployed in stitching the edges'of' the side sections of the form of the invention shown in Figures 6 and 7.
Figure 10 is a View of the removable side section used in the modified form of the invention shown in Figures 6 and 7 The side sections a, a may be formed of sheets of light, flexible material a, a such as leatherette or the like, cut to the general shape desired. These are preferably lined m. t, a)
with sheetings of waterproof material of, a such as rubberized silk or similar material of attractive appearance. The side sections are joined for a portion of their peripheries by a section 5 also made of an outer covering Z) similar to that used for the side sections, and an inner lining 6 of material simi other end til. the eieing section t he etitehee thereto a cover or closure similarly formed of inner and outer layers 0, c with a layer of stiffening material 0 therebetween.
The side sections, for the portions of their peripheries not joined by the joining section, have their edges a lapped over to receive the spring wire (Z formed to the general shape of the bag. The ends of the wire are joined as at (Z and, with the wire laid along the periphery of the side sections, the edges a are laid over and cemented in place. Rivets a may assist in keeping the edges a in place thus holding the wire (Z in position.
Since the wires (Z tend to maintain the sides a, a in their normal planes it will be seen that when the cover 0 is folded over the opening left by the joining section Z) it may be maintained in closed position by drawing the unjoined portions of the side sections together, the stiffening material 0 in the cover 0 acting as a fulcrum. They may be held together as by the strap 6 and snap fasteners e, e and serve as a carrying handle for the bag by virtue of the cut-out portions a a The side sections a may have pockets f sewn on the inner sides thereof; the cover 0 may be further held in place as by the fastener g; pedestals It may be ailixed to make it possible to stand the bag in an upright position; a keyhole may be printed or stamped upon the outer side of the side sections to further lend the illusion of a lock to the bag; and various other refinements will readily suggest themselves. But it will be apparent that the lip c of the cover 0 may be as readily positioned within the joining section Z), the cover being restrained from falling too far down into the bag by a strap carried with the side sections between which and the edge 6 the lip 0 may pass, since the action '1' of the side sections when drawn together as previously described is all that is necessary to keep the cover in closed position.
lnder some circumstances it may be found desirable to provide the bag with stiffening members for the side sections which may be removed at will so that the same may be cleaned or replaced by new members when the old ones have become soiled or worn in use. To do this amember Z is provided which may be formed of a piece of cardboard Z or some similar material out to the general shape of the side sections of the bag and covered with some suitable lining material Z A pocket Z may be formed directly on the member Z and is removable therewith. The member Z is adapted to be held in place with the side a of the bag by means of the overlapped edge a which is not stitched onto the side a as is the edge a shown at (Z in Figure 2, but is lapped over on itself to form a continuous loop in which is disposed the drawstring m. The method of forming this continuous loop a and of stitching it te the Shit (t it clearly ehewn in Figures 8 t l a e t I and Q, 'Wherem Figure 8 shows how the sides are positioned to be stitched, after which the edge a is swung over the side a to conceal the stitching as shown in Figure 9. In this connection it might be said that beading Z: is inserted to add strength to the joint.
It will be apparent that when it is desired to insert the member Z the drawstring m may be loosened and the looped edge a turned back. The member Z is then placed in position, the edge a turned down, and the draw string drawn taut. The member Z will then be held firmly in position, the handle Z formed therein coinciding with the hand hold a formed in the side a.
In this form of the invention it may or may not be found desirable to use the wire (Z heretofore described. It will be obvious that the wire (Z may always remain in place between the side a and the edge a or it may be removed when desired. The use of the wire will be found particularly desirable when the removable member Z is not in use, in which case the wire will supply the necessary stiffening element to maintain the shape of the sides.
It will thus be seen that there has been provided a hand-bag of light but durable construction, simple to manufacture, and in which continuations of the sides may perform the co-operative functions of acting as a handle for the bag and as a means to maintain the cover in closed position.
\Vhat I claim is:
A hand-bag of generally egg shaped profile to resemble a lock comprising similar limp side sections having hand-holds at their upper ends, each side section comprising a plurality of cloth layers between which stifl reinforcing material of the desired shape is maintained, an end wall united to the side sections to form the body of the bag and a hinged cover carried with the end wall and adapted to overlie an opening in the body section and to extend under the hand-holds. This specification signed this 1st day of February, A. D. 1927.