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Publication numberUS1864281 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 21, 1932
Filing dateOct 23, 1931
Priority dateOct 23, 1931
Publication numberUS 1864281 A, US 1864281A, US-A-1864281, US1864281 A, US1864281A
InventorsShort James
Original AssigneeShort James
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clip for paper napkins
US 1864281 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 21, 1932. SHORT 1,864,281

CLIP FOR PAPER NAPKINS Filed Oct. 23, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 J. SHORT CLIP FOR PAPER NAPKINS June 21, 1932.

2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct. 25, 1951 [NI/"5177012 I (j /M635 SZJrI Patented June 21, 1932 UNITED s'rA'rEs TAKES SHORT, OF CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY our son. PAPER NAIPKINS Application filed October 28, 1831. Serial No. 570,748.

My invention relates to new and useful improvements in aclip for paper napkins, and has for one of its objects to provide an exceedingly simple, effective and inexpensive device of this character whereby the napkin may be attached to some of the users clothing in order to prevent the napkin from being blown away by gusts of wind caused bydrafts from the outside through open doors or windows, or the circulation of air caused by artificial means. The device will also prevent a napkin frombeing accidentally dislodged by the movements of the-user.

Another object-of the invention is to provide a paper napkin with a clip produced from thin tough paper, cardboard and similar materials, such as leather and substitutes or equivalents thereof and any other suitable mexpensive materials.

A further object of the invention is to provide a paper napkin having a clip permanently connected therewith,-preferably at one corner thereof, said clip having an .aperture therein of unique configuration adapting it for connection with a button, one of the members of a snap fastener or hook and eye, or a puckered portion of a persons clothin A still further object of the invention is to fasten the clip'at one end thereof to the napkin, whereby said clip may be utilized after the manner'of a hook to be inserted in a persons clothing, as over a collar or the front fold of a shirt or vest, and it may also be utilized for connection-with a button or othersimilar device, and likewise clamped upon a puckered part of the clothing, the said clip being scored or weakened transversely near the attached end whereby said clip may be folded outward for easy access thereto when a person does not care to use the same in a position disposed behind the napkin.

With these and other ends in view, this invention consists in the details of construction and combination of elements hereinafter set forth and then specifically designated by the claims.

In order that those skilled in the art to which this invention appertains may understand how 'to make and use the same, I will describe its construction in detail, referring by numerals to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this application, in wlnch:

Fig. 1 is an obverse face view of a napkin with the clip thereon as contemplated by my invention.

Fig. 2 isa reverse face view thereof.

- Fi 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2, with the cli bent out.

. Fig. 4 is an enlarged face view of the clip per se.

Fig. 5 is an edge view thereof.

Figs. 6, 7, 8 and 9 are views illustrating various uses of the invention.

In carrying out. my invention as herein embodied, 10 represents a paper napkin of any suitable size, weight of material and configuration, and superimposed on one face thereof is a clip 11 of thin material such as -tough paper, cardboard, leather and the like and has one end secured to said napkin 10 by suitable means, such as an adhesive whereby the major portion of the clip is free as will be obvious by reference to Fig. 3.

This clip may be of any suitable exterior configuration and has a central scalloped cut out or aperature 12 having two oppositely disposed large semi-circular portions or scallops 13 and two oppositely disposed smaller semi-circular portions or scallops 14, the ends of said smaller scallops joining with the ends of the larger scallops and from each of said smaller scallops projects a tapered slot 15 so that they extend in opposite directions relative to each other with the wider or base portions communicating with the scalloped aperture 12.

In order that the major portion of the clip or that part of said clip in which the aperture and openings are formed may be bent out away from the napkin orbent back upon the attached end, I prefer to score or to otherwise slightly Weaken said clip transversely adjacent the attached end as indicated by the dotted score line 16.

When a person desires to use the napkin, the clip, before being bent outward, may be inserted behind the users collar or the fold or lap of a shirt, vest or the like, after the manner of a hook as shoWnin Figs. 6 and 8, or

said clip may be attached to a button or like object on a persons Wearing apparel b passing the larger portion of the aperture ormed by the two larger scallops 13 over the button and then sliding the clipuntil it is passed behind the button with one of the smaller scallops 14 or even one'of the openings 15 in engagement with the threads or shank of the button and this may be accomplished with the clip in its original position behind the napkin or it may be bent out as shown in Fig. 7 and used either with the reverse face of the napkin exposed as shown in said Fig. 7,

or it may be positioned so that the obverse face of the napkin is exposed and a large part of the clip will be concealed.

Where a persons wearing apparel does not have an opening i'to which the clip may be inserted or a button roperly located to receive the clip and provi ing such wearing apparel is of a nature that maybe readily gatheredinto small folds, a pucker is then formed and inserted through the aperture 12 andthe clip drawn over the pucker until a portion of the goods enters one of the tapered openings 15- causing said goods to become wedged in such tapered opening as shown in Fig. 9.

It will now beobvious that I have produced a simple and effective article which will be relatively inexpensive and therefore may form a part of the paper napkin and when a erson desires to use the same it may be attac ed in any suitable manner to a portion of the wearing apparel thereby preventing accidental displacement of the napkin due to movements of the persons body,

natural or artificial currents of air or the.

mere sliding action of the napkin.

Of course I do not wish to be limited to the exact details of construction as herein shown, as these may be varied within the limits of the appended claims without departing from the spirit of my invention.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and useful is 1. The combination of a paper napkin and a bendable clip fixed at one end to one face of said napkin, said clip having a scalloped aperture with tapered openings running in opposite directions from said aperture.

2. A clip for paper napkins consisting of a sheet of material having one of its ends attached to one face of a paper napkin, said clip having a scalloped aperture consisting of two oppositely disposed large scallops and two oppositely disposed smaller scallops between the larger ones and further provided with tapered openings extending in opposite, directions from the a erture.

3. As an article 0 manufacture, a paper napkin having a clip secured by one of its ends to a corner of said napkin, said clip having a transverse weakened line adjacent its fixed end and further provided with a scalloped aperture consisting of two oppositely disposed large scallops and a pair of oppositely disposed smaller' scallops between the lar er ones and further provided with a pair 0 oppositely extending tapered openings in communication with the aperture in the region of the smaller scallo s, said aperture and openings permitting t e placement of the clip over a button or similar device or a puckered portion of a persons wearing apparel for temporarily attaching the napkin to said apparel.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto aflixed my signature.


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US7017787 *Aug 17, 2002Mar 28, 2006Carolyn L. DeanVehicle eating accessory
US7392548 *Aug 2, 2005Jul 1, 2008Rou Hoi JinNapkin holder
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U.S. Classification24/7, 24/DIG.110, 24/67.00R
International ClassificationA47G21/16
Cooperative ClassificationA47G21/165, Y10S24/11
European ClassificationA47G21/16B