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Publication numberUS1857488 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 10, 1932
Filing dateFeb 11, 1931
Priority dateFeb 11, 1931
Publication numberUS 1857488 A, US 1857488A, US-A-1857488, US1857488 A, US1857488A
InventorsWeeks Leo
Original AssigneeWeeks Leo
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bill clip
US 1857488 A
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May m, 1932. WEEKS 1,857,488

BILL CLIP Filed Feb. 11, 1931 Patented May 10, 1932- UNITED STATES LEO WEEKS, 0F DES MOINES, IO WA BILL CLIP Application filed February 11, 1931. Serial No. 515,081.

The object of my invention is to provide a very simple, inexpensive, durable and useful clip for bills (currency).

More particularly, it is my object to pro- 5 vide a handy bill clip comprising a piece of resilient material, preferably metal and preferably slightly narrower than the bills of the currency in general use, bent over on itself to form two opposing members for resiliently engaging and clipping between them folded bills for convenience in keeping and handling the bills.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide such a clip having in one of its sides an elongated hole so arranged that the denomination of the top bill may be seen through the hole and also arranged so that the thumb of the user may be employed for adjusting the bills in place or removing them from the clip.

The flexible clip will retain bills in convenient form and hold them together in the pocket so that they are readily accessible.

With these and other objects in view, my invention consists in theconstruction, arrangement and combination of my bill clip, whereby the objects contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set'forth, pointed out in my claim, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a top or plan view of a .bill clip embodying my invention.

Figure 2 is a detail, sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1"; and

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the bill clip illustrating the manner in which bills are folded and received therein.

My improved bill clip is made of a thin stri of resilient material, preferably metal, indiiated generally by the reference character' Y The strip of metal A is preferably slightly narrower than the ordinary bill indicated by the reference numeral 10.

The strip A is folded over on itself to form two opposing portions 11 and 12, which are normally held resiliently in engagement with each other.

At the folded end, the strip is preferably curved and properly spread as at 13 to form spring means for holding the portions 11 and 12 pressed together. The portion 11 is a little longer than the portion 12 as shown in Figures 1 and 2 and the free end of the portion 12 is out-turned slightly from the portion 11 as indicated at 14.

The member or portion 12 has an elongated hole 15 formed therein so located that the indicating character 16 showing the denomination of the top bill held by the clip may be seen. This hole is also of such shape and arrangement that the thumb of the user may be used through the hole for moving the bills to positlon in the clip or for ejecting them from the clip.

In the use of this handy bill clip, bills 10 are folded once transversely and are then slipped into the clip as shown in Figure 3. The thumb of the user can be inserted through the hole 15 for adjusting them to proper position. If the bills are properly folded, the denomination number will be visible through the hole 15.

The clip keeps the bills in shape and in convenient condition for immediate use. They can be readilyslipped from the clip b putting a thumb against the top bill throug the hole 15 and pushing the bills out until they can be readily grasped.

It will, of course, be understood that the member 11 is imperforate or nearly enough so that the fin ers which grasp its under face can not impe e the insertion or removal of the bills.

Both sides of this bill clip may be used to carry advertising.

It will, of course, be understood that the clip may be made of any material suitable for the purpose and in whatever finish may be desired.

It should be noted the edges of this device are rolled or otherwise finished so that they will not cut the fingers or the pocket.

While I have described my device as intended to be used for carrying bills, it will be understood that it can be made in other sizes for carrying papers or other articles and I do not want to limit myself to the making or use of the clip for money alone.

The size and shape may be varied somewhat so long as the construction is kept within the scope of my invention and claim.

I claim as my'invention:

A bill clip comprising a stri of resilient material folded over on itsel to form a spring connecting part and two opposing portions yieldably engaging each other for substantial parts of their lengths between their ends and adapted to resiliently grip and hold between them paper currency or the like without obstruction at the side edges, one of said portions projecting slightly beyond the other at their free ends, and the other of said portions being turned slightly away from the first portion at its free end, the latter portion having an elongated hole through which currency or the like held by the clip may be inspected or a thumb or finger may be inserted for manipulating the currency or for opening the clip.

Des Moines, Iowa, January 20, 1931.


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U.S. Classification24/563, 206/39.7, 150/137, 206/39.5, D19/65
International ClassificationB42F1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA45C2001/062, B42F1/06
European ClassificationB42F1/06