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Publication numberUS1806477 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 19, 1931
Filing dateJul 8, 1929
Priority dateJul 8, 1929
Publication numberUS 1806477 A, US 1806477A, US-A-1806477, US1806477 A, US1806477A
InventorsLloyd Thomas, Thomas W Lloyd
Original AssigneeWillard W Lloyd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Attaching device for bait boxes
US 1806477 A
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May 19, 1931. T. LLOYD E1' AL ATTACHING DEVICE FOR BAIT' BOXES Filed July 8. 1929 mentozs 06 l dmmw ,a zu L mw.



This invention relates to improvements in attaching devices and more particularly, has for an object to provide a. device especially advantageous for use in quickly and effect- '5 .rally securing or attaching bait boxes and like devices to the belt of a sportsman user without the necessity ofremoving the belt from the wearers body or threading the same throughjreceiving loops, whereby the box 1e will be conveniently supported in a position adjacent the users body that access may be had thereto and furthermore, when required, that the box may be as readily and as quickly removed from the belt without disturbing its initial arrangement or the users apparel.

It is likewise an equally important object of the invention to provide a belt attaching device of the character mentioned so conv structed that an attaching engagement with l2c a belt or other body supporting device will be effected in a manner to prevent distortion, folding or wrinkling of the belt and furthermore, will have a gripping engagement with such belt in a manner to prevent, to a great extent, objectionablecreeping of the device or the box or bucket to which it is secured, with respect to the users body, hence, ensuring the permanent arranging of the supported box or other device and therefore, main- "3'6 taining it in conveniently accessible position at all times.

Other objects of the invention will be in part obvious and in part pointed out hereinn after.

In order that the invention and its mode of operation may be readily understood by persons skilled in the art, we have in the accompanying illustrative drawings, and in the detailedfollowing description based thereon, 40? set out several possible embodiments of the same.

VIn these drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the belt attaching device showing the same clampa5 ingly engaging a belt and as used in connection with a prevalent design of baitbox;

' Figure 2 is a similar view wherein the attaching device is shown in its open position ready to receive a belt or similar article therein, and

1929. Serial No. 376,619.

Figure 3 is a fragmentary detail in top plan view illustrating the attaching device in open position and showing the relative arrangement of the spring securing and clamping iingers with respect to the keepers provided therefor, and also, showing in dotted lines, the positions taken by the spring clamping lingers when they are engaged with their respective keepers in a belt securing or engaging position.

Having more particular reference to the drawings, in connection with which like characters of reference will designate corresponding parts throughout, we have shown for purposes of illustration herein, our iinproved belt attaching device as being used in conjunction with a design of bait box now prevalent in this particular art, the box being designated in its entirety, for convenience, by the numeral l and having one side Wall thereof formed substantially arcuate as indicated by the numeral 2, this arcuate portion being adapted to snugly engage against a portion of a users body, while the bait box proper' is provided with a hinged closure or cover 3, for an obvious purpose. The bait box l, as will be understood, is preferably constructed of sheet metal, though, of course, it may be formed of various other materials, such as conditions or preference may dictate. The improved belt attaching device, may be stated to comprise a single length of spring wire, bent into substantially irl-shaped formation as is well shown in the Figure 2, the basal portion e of the device being laterally offset from the opposite sides or {inger portions thereof by the forming of a substantially right angular bend 5 in the normally lower portions of each of said opposite sides of the device.

Securing or clamping fingers indicated by the numeral 6 are constituted by the opposite sides of the device and as will be noted, these fingers are formed with interi'nediately disposed loops 7, whereby to impart greater elasticity or spring thereto and also, to adord an effectual means for increasing the extent of frictional engagement of the fingers with a belt 8 or other device to be engaged thereby; the free extremities of the fingers 6 bei eff'ectingthe securing of the clamping spring fingers 6 in clamping or securing engagement with a belt 8 or .similar device to which the same are to be'attached, I lprovide a curved orarcuateleeper 10, forming the sameof a V.length of wire'and curving the intermediate or body; portion thereof' upon itself,.asf1s well shown 'in the Figure 3,7and forming. upon the oppositegextremities"of vsaid body portion-,inwardly turned or disposed pieces or keepers indicated for convenience j by the numeral 11, the extremities of these keepers being preferably provided with enlarged heads asis indicated by the numeral 12,1 The length of the body portion of the keeper 10,. as will be noted upon reference to the accompanying drawings, is such that the opposite extremities thereof carrying thelinlwardly disposed melnbersf11 are arranged sli-ghtly in-k -wardly .of theV spring lingers 6 Vwhen said V lingers are in their open or inoperative positions, as illustrated in the Figure 2Q .This keeper 10 is preferably lixedly secured to the normally upper portion of the arcuate side wall 2 of the bait box 1 longitudinally of the same in a manner to positively effect the retaining of the keeper members 11V in positions extended outwardly from' the lbait box, whereby topermitofl ready and convenient engagement of the upper or free portions of the Vspring engaging and clamping vlingers 6 therein, in the manner as is shown in the F Y v 745i .i i

ure 3. Y Y Y It will also be vnoted upon reference to the drawings, thatthe keeper 10 is fixed" to the wall 2 ofthe ,box 1 in such a position" that the keepers'll will receive or engage the springfiingerslat points below their'enlarged "or headed portions9. reason of this, it

will be understood that the-spring arms 6 will bei limited intheir outwardv transversal slid stress Vbe accidently applied to the spring fin- Y legers 6, these latter wouldV naturally bulge outwardly, and the enlarged portionV 9` thereof coming infcontactV with Vadjacent portions lof the arcuate keepermembersll, will pre vent the lingers from sliding out. of engagement therewith. i Y. e a In usage of my improved attaching device and assuming that the same is Valiixed or secured to a bait box such as illustrated herein 5 and identified by the numeralV l, thespring ing' movement, that iis, should transversalv of. the bd-yporton .of the, keep@ member 10,

securing and clamping ngers 6 are arranged in their open 0r in operative positions as is shown in the Figure 2. At this time, the fingers are engaged over one side of the'belt 8 in the fashion shown in theFigure 1, Whereuponthe vfree extremities 9 thereof are engaged between the fingers of va users hand and flexed in a direction toward each other and inwardly with respect to the bait `loox 1, bringing them into proximity to or Contact withthe intermediate or body portion ofthe element 10. At this time, the free extremities of the fingers 6 are released whereupon they will immediately'snap into fixed engagement "with their adjacent keeper members 11 and in so doingrwil l effect a positive clamping-engagement or connection with the belt V8, hence, ensuring aneiiicient connection of the'bait box 1 to the belt 8, which, ofv course, is arranged vabout the body of a sportsman user. Due to theprovision of the loops 7 in theintermediatel portions of the springlingers 6, itwill be seen that a positive kvf-rictional connection will be eiiected asbetween theseloops and the belt'and consequently upon this,that the shifting movementl ofthe attached bait box 1 along the belt 8 will beprevented, This. clamping engagement, of course, is accentuated by reason ofthe inherent.resiliency of` the spring arms (i and their inode of engagement inthe keeper members 1.1 secured to the upper side of the arcuate side wall 2 of the bait box 1. Furthermore, it is to be underV stood that by rea-son of the formation of the loops 7 in the spring fingers 6, the elasticity of these ngers will be Vmaterially increased A and therefore, that their free extremities will be positively retained lwithin their respective keeper members 11, hence, preventing accidental or undue disconnection of the fastener or attachingdevice from the belt 8 as Y well as effecting sucha clamping engagement with said belt 8 as to prevent the creeping of the attached bait box 1 ytherealong.

The respective lengths of the spring fingers 6 is such that thefree extremities 9'y thereof,

preferably extend for slight distances above e s the upper side of the equipped bait box 1,- so as to permit of convenient engage]nentk there'- with by a user, when itis desiredfto detach the'ba'it box 1 fromth'e belt 8.0i'. to rearrange the same',v such: as "preferencemay dictate.

Because of the arcuate or curved formati onit will/be seen that not only is a positive engagement of this element with the'arcuate side wall 2l of the bait box ensu'red,"but also, the 'ngers 6 may be more readily" moved: into Vengagement with `their respective `keeper Manifestly, the construction shown is capable of considerable modification, and such modification as is within the scope of our claims, we consider within the spirit of our invention.

l/Ve claim :u

l. An article attaching device, comprising a. body portion formed with relatively spaced spring fingers adapted to be disposed substantially transversely of a portion of' the article and havin@ loops formed in their intermediate portions, and an arcuate keeper body secured to a portionof said article in proximity to the free extremities of said spring fingers having keeper members formed upon the opposite extremities thereof and adapted to receive the extremities of said spring fingers therein, the length of said keeper body being slightly less than the distance between said spring fingers prior to their engagement in the keeper members.

2. An article attaching device comprising asubstantially U-shaped body portion formed with a laterally offset basal portion adapted to be fixedly secured to an adjacent portion of the article, the opposite sides of said body constituting spring fingers, said lingers being disposed in proximity to and substantially transversely of the adjacent portion of the article and having loops formed in their intermediate portions, the lengths of said fingers being greater' than the depth ofv the article to which they are attached and extending for distances slightly above the upper side of said article, a keeper body fixedly secured to the adjacent side of said article in proximity to the free extremities of said fingers andgformed upon its opposite ends with inturned keeper members adapted, to receive the free portions of said fingers therein, and the length of said keeper body being less than the normal distance between said fingers when the same are in their normal open positions.

3. An article attaching device comprising a single length of' spring Wire formed into substantally U-shaped fashion, the basal portion of said U-shaped length of Wire being laterally oii'set and fixedly secured to an adjacent portion of the article and the opposite sides of the U-shaped wire being disposed in proximity to the adjacent side of the article and substantially transversely thereof', the respective lengths of said opposite sides of the U-shaped wire being of lengths greater than the depth of the article to which they are attached and extending for a dis-` tance above the top thereof, said sides of the U-shaped wire having loops formed in their intermediate portions, and a keeper member fixedly secured to an adjacent portion of the article and having keeper members formed upon its opposite extremities, said keeper body being of a length slightly less than the normal distance between the opposite sides ceive and retain the free extremities of said Vspring fingers and to engage the same at a point below the enlarged extension thereof to limit the outward transversal sliding movement of said fingers when engaged by said keeper means.

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands.


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U.S. Classification224/272, 43/54.1, 224/920, 24/3.7, 224/679, 224/666
International ClassificationA01K97/04
Cooperative ClassificationA01K97/04, Y10S224/92
European ClassificationA01K97/04