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Publication numberUS1807501 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 26, 1931
Filing dateSep 19, 1929
Priority dateSep 19, 1929
Publication numberUS 1807501 A, US 1807501A, US-A-1807501, US1807501 A, US1807501A
InventorsJohn R Alexander
Original AssigneeJohn R Alexander
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flash light holder
US 1807501 A
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y 1931. J. R. ALEXANDER 1,807,501

FLASH LIGHT HOLDEK File d Sept. 19, 1929 WITNESS INVENTOR Alexander ATTORN EY Patented May 26, 1931 UNITED STATES PATENT; OFFICE JOHN R. ALEXANDER, OF PARIS, TEXAS v FLASH LIGHT HOLDER I Application filed September 19, 1929; Serial No. 393,777.

My invention relates to improvements in flash light holders, and consists in the com;

hold a flash light When the same is placed therein.

Another object of my invention is to provide a flash light holder that will readily permit the easy removal of the flash light.

Another object of my invention is to provide a flash light holder that will tightly and firmly secure a flash light against movement without marking or otherwise injuring the same.

A further object of my invention is to provide a flash light holder that is readily 0 mountable on any conventional form of sup- 2 ort.

p A still further object of my invention is to provide a device of the type described which is simple in construction, has few parts and is not likely to get out of order easily.

Other objects and advantages will appear in the following specification and the novel features of the invention will be particularly pointed out in the-appended claims.

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming part of this application, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of my de-.

vice, showing the operative engagement of the flash light;

Figure 2 is a top plan view of my device in closed position with the flash light removed; and

Figure 3 is an end elevational view of the invention with the flash light removed.

In carrying out my invention I make use of an ordinary collar, generally shown at 1, comprising two parts 2 and 3 connected together by bolts and nuts 4 and 5 providing an aperture 6 therethrough for engagement 45 with a rod or other objects on which it is de sired to fixedly position a flash light.

Integral with this collar 1 is a plate 7,

the turned edges of which provide two longi-v tudinally extending bearings 8 and 9. These bearings are adapted toreceive rock shafts 10 and 11 rotatably mounted therein and provided at each end with a semi-circular 'arm member 12 and '13, arranged in pairs as disclosed in Figures 1 and 2. These arms as is apparent from the drawings are adapted to receive and hold the flash light.

Projecting from the rock shafts 10 and 11 at points within the elongated bearings 8 and 9 are the rocker arms 14 and 15. Suitable slots are provided in these extended bearings 8 and the rock shafts 10 and 11. Secured to the ends of these rocker arms 14 and 15, as shown at 16 and 17 is aspring 18 adapted to be tensioned by said arms when the arms 12 and 13 are in closed or open position. i

It is readily apparentthat my clamp may be used for embracing and holding other objects besides a flash light.

From the foregoing description of the various parts of the device, the operation thereof may be readily understood. The holder is mounted upon any suitable support by means of the collar 1 in a well known manner. If it is desired to remove the flash light from its position in the holder as shown in Figure 1, the operator takes hold of said flash light substantially at its longitudinal center, as generally indicated at 19 and pulls upward on the flash light, exerting pressure at points 20 and 21 of the holding arms 12 and 13, and forcing the arms 12 and 13 upward and outward about the axis of the rock shafts 10 and 11. This motion creates a tension on the spring 18 which snaps the arms into open position whereupon aflash light can readily be removed." When it is desired to reposition the flash light in the clamping means it is held at the point 19 as before, placed within the arms 12 and 13 which are open and pressure exerted on said arms by the operator throughsaid flash light at points 22 and 23 of the arms 12 and 13. It can easily be seen that this pressure will move the arms 12 and 13 to their closing position. The spring in this operation is tensioned in the other direction and snaps the arms to closed position. The light is then held securely by means of pressure exerted by the spring, but


need not be marked or scarred as felt or other suitable cushioning material may be used on the inside of the arms 12 and 13.

I claim:

1. In an automatic flash light holder, in combination, means for mounting said holder on a support, and means for engaging and disengaging a flash light, comprising extended bearings having slots therein, rock shafts rotatably positioned in said extended bearings and having rocker arms extending through said slots, semi-circular arms non-rotatably mounted on said rock shafts and adapted for engagement with a flash light, and a spring connecting the ends of said rocker arms.

2. A clamp having spaced parallel bearings, shafts mounted in said bearings oppositely disposed embracing arms pivotally mounted intermediate their ends on said shafts for engaging an object, and resilient means responsive to pressure on said object for positively moving said embracing arms into and out of engagement with saidobject.

3. A clamp having spaced parallel bearings, shafts mounted in said bearings, means on said shafts for engaging an object, arms on said shaft, and resilient means interconnecting said arms to positively actuate said engaging means into and out of engagement With said object, upon the exertion of pressure thereon.


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U.S. Classification248/229.14, 362/396
International ClassificationA61N5/06
Cooperative ClassificationF21L15/08, A61N5/06
European ClassificationF21L15/08, A61N5/06