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Publication numberUS2003553 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 4, 1935
Filing dateApr 18, 1934
Priority dateApr 18, 1934
Publication numberUS 2003553 A, US 2003553A, US-A-2003553, US2003553 A, US2003553A
InventorsRoot Ralph C
Original AssigneeRoot Ralph C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Key holder
US 2003553 A
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I R. c. Roo-r June 4, 1935.

KEY HOLDER Filed Apil 18, 1934 Inventor,

RaLpL Cf Root Attorneys.

Patented June 4, 1935 y Y UNITED vSrl-'AA'Y-Il?.SVv PATENT QFFICE KEY HOLDER# Ralph c. Root, Inaianap'blis, ind. Application April18, 1934, Serial `No. '|721,097

solaires. (ci. 15o- 40) u y ThisY invention relates to the art of key holdhave the pocket rounded-internally and exterers, particularly ofthe type adapted to hold keys nally. A rib I'I is preferably provided around in varying numbers. A primary object of the intheedges of the extending Walls I2 and I3 'and v vention` is to provide a simple holder Which will acrossY between'their junctures-.With the pocket 5 effectively: retain the keys and so enclose them end of the body. i

thatwhenone key is vremoved from the cover- On one side of the body I0 is providedabutton ing means, the remainder of the keys will not I8the purpose of which is to permit the user of cause: damage to, the Walls adjacent the/key the vholder toV determine that 'particular side of holder into Whiohthe used key is inserted. A the holder'in the dark or Without glancing' at Y lo" further primary object ofr the invention is to prothe holder so -that the key on that particular 1() vide a key holder ordinarily retaining the keys side of'theholder maybe located. This button in a coveredv position and which` may be operfurther isVA employed toprovide a means-of gripated merely by stretching so as to make any one ping-the body endfof the' holder iirnily between of aV number of keys therein available for use. A the thumb" and` forenger so that When the l furtherprimaryobjectv of the invention is to holder' isto be stretched longitudinally, the body 15` provide a means for mounting the. keys within end will not readily slip out of the grasp.

the holder so that the keys will be` retained In using the'holder, the bolt I6 is removed by therein in varying numberl Without having 'to turning one of the-'ends Vfrom the outside and abutscrew members or the like to compensate the desired-number of keys, here shown as threeY for thedifierence in number of keys inthe holder. in' number; inFigs. 3fandl 4, are engaged by pass- 20 These and other objects will become apparent ing the-bolt IIS back through the holes in each to lthose versed in the art in the following deof the side walls; I2 and I3'fand having the bolt scription of the invention as illustrated in one pass through the eyes provided inthe keys. The

particular form by theV accompanying.v drawing, bolt I6" is then turned to bring the side walls I2 in which i Y v and I3 into close proximity with the outer faces 25 Fig. 1 is a side elevation of Va holderembodying of the outermost keys. It is not necessary that my invention the Walls IZ'and I 3 be drawn up tightly against Fig. 2, an end elevation; v V the keys but rather that-they beV drawn only Fig. 3, atop plan view; f suiiiciently close as will permit the keys to be 3oy Fig. 4, a section on the line-4'-4 in Fig; 1, andV revolved about the b oltl I6 Without undue fric- 30 Fig. 5, a side elevation showing the* holder in tion by pressure from the'walls. a distorted position permitting the release of a To place the free 'ends of the keys Within the key. holder, thebodyend I0 is grasped by one hand Like characters of reference indicate like parts andthe other-end over the heads of the bolt I6 3,5- throughout the several views inthe drawing; is grasped' by the other hand and the holder is 35,A

I form an elastic body It, preferablymaderout stretched longitudinally as indicated in Fig. 5 of a durable rubber to'have an end-'pocket II Where it has been-distortedfro'm the dash line pofrom which side walls I2 and I3 extend. Near sition to some such position as indicated by the the outer ends of these side Walls are positioned solid lines. While in this distorted position, the 40V bosses I4 and I5, respectively, on their outer keys mayberockeddoWn-from the solid line posi- 40 faces. Each or these bosses is provided with a tion to thedash line position so as to have the central depression therein, and the Walls are free ends directed toward the interior of the body pierced byvholes centrally through these depres- IG so that when the body I0 is released, these free sions to receive the male and femalev portions ends Willbe covered overby the pocket II and of arbolt I6. The heads of the bolt I6 are'of'the entered therein so that aslongfas the holder is 45 proper diameter so as to just fit snugly-into the in its normal undistorted condition, the keys are depressionsin thel bosses I4 and I5 so that the effectively retained between, theside `Walls and inner annular vvall of the boss Will frictionally Within the pocket" Itand cannot be used until engage the periphery of the bolthead therein. the holder is again Ydistorted to permit clearance *The pocket II as herein shown is perferably of the ends of the'ke'y's so'that the keys may be 50 formed to have the Walls I2 and I3 by extenrevolved about-the bolt I B andf'be extended from sions form the side Walls thereof while the top the holder'. end and bottom walls are formed of an integrallyA Thus when one key is outside of the holder and uniting narrow Width of the rubber material, the available ion'us'e; thef Other. keys are retained end Wall preferably curving around so as to Within the holder by having their ends retained 55 within the pocket I I and the walls of the holder extend from those retained keys in such manner that the retained keys cannot strike against the walls or plates about the key hole into which the available key is inserted. It is to be seen that there is a great advantage in the use of a holder as I have described, particularly when it is to be carried in ones pocket since it provides a very compact unit having no snaps or other fasteners to be operated or to protrude and be in the Way. It is to be noted that by reason of the frictional engagement of the walls of the holder with the heads of the bolt I6, it is not necessary to abut the two parts of the bolt together to prevent the bolt from loosening or working out so that theY While I have herein shownl and described myY invention in the one best form as now knownV to me, it is obvious that structural changes may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and I, therefore, do not desire to be limited to that precise form beyond the limitations as may be imposed by the following claims.

I claim:

1. A key holder comprising a body having a pocket, a wall extending from each of opposite sides of the pocket, and a transversely disposed member carried by the Wallsl adapted to pass through eyes of keys placed between the walls, said member being spaced in relation to said pocket to have the other ends of the keys disposed within the pocket whereby the keys are retained against rocking about the member, and said walls having at least a portion thereof sufliciently elastic to permit elongation thereof so that the keys may be released from said pocket by pulling said member away from saidV pocket and said pocket being enclosed on all sides requiring end movement of the keys and the transverse member passing through the eyes of the keys for release of the keys from the pocket.

2. A key holder comprising a body having a pocket, a wall extending from each of opposite sides of the pocket, and a transversely disposed member carried by the walls adapted to pass through eyes of keys placed between the walls, said member being spaced in relation to said pocket te have the other ends of the keys disposed within the pocket whereby the keys are retained against rocking about the member, and said walls having at least a portion thereof sufciently elastic to permit elongation thereof so vthat the keys may be released from said pocket by pulling said member away from said pocket, said walls being free from one another so Yas to leave a slot-like opening entering therebetween at least along oneY `set of opposing edges so that keys may be rocked about said member through that opening when released from the pocket and said pocket being enclosed. on all sides requiring endV movement of the keys and the transverse member passing through the eyes of the keys for release of the keys from the pocket. y

3. A holder for keys comprising a body having a pocket formed therein to receive ends of keys, an elastic rubber wall extending from each of a pair of opposing sides of the pocket, one wall being carried by the pocket independently of the other wallt and a bolt carried by and extending transversely across between the walls spaced from the pocket to have keys threaded on the bolt to extend into the pocket and said pocket being enclosed on all sides requiring end movement of the keys and the transverse member passing through the eyes of the keys for release of the keys from the pocket.

4. A holder for keys comprising a body having a pocket enclosed on all sides formed therein to receive ends of keys, an elastic rubber wall extending from each of a pair of .opposing sides of the pocket, one Wall being carried by the pocket independently of the other wall, and a bolt carried by and extending transversely across between the walls spaced from the pocket to have keys threaded on the bolt to extend into the pocket and released from the pocket by increasing the distance between the pocket and bolt to stretch the walls, said bolt being in two parts, and each of Vsaid parts being frictionally engaged by said walls..

5. A holder for keys comprising a body having a pocket enclosed on all sides formed therein to receive ends of keys, an elastic rubber wall extendingfrom each of a pair of opposing sides of the pocket, one wall being carried by the pocket independently of the other wall, and a bolt carried by and extendingtransversely across between the walls spaced from the pocket to have keys threaded on the bolt to extend into the pocket and released from the pocket by increasing the distance between the pocket and bolt to stretch the walls, said bolt being in two parts, and annular rubber rings on the walls peripherally and elastically'engaging the respective bolt parts.

6. A key holder comprising a body having a pocket, a wall extending from each of opposite sides of the pocket, said pocket being enclosed on all sides except in the direction of the .wall extensions, and a transversely disposed member carried by the walls adapted to pass through eyesof keys placed between the walls, said member being spaced in relation to said pocket to have the other ends of the keys disposed within the pocket whereby the keys are retained against rocking about the member, and said walls having at least a portion thereof sufficiently elastic to permit elongation thereof .so that the keys may be released from said pocket by pulling said member away from said pocket, said walls being free from one another so as to leave a slot-like opening entering therebetween at least along one set of opposing edges so that keys may be rocked about said member through that opening when released from the pocket, and a boss on one side of said body providing a key locating and nger gripping member.

'7. AV holder for keys comprising an elastic rubber body having a pocket therein opening from one end only and enclosed in all other directions, an elastic rubber wall extending from the body from each of two opposing edges of said opening and each wall having a hole therethrough near its outer end and a rib around the edges of each wall, and a key carrying bolt through said holes. Y

8. A holder for keys comprising an elastic rubber body having a pocket therein opening from one end only and enclosed in all other directions, an elastic rubber wall extending from the body from each of two opposing edges of said opening and each wall having a hole therethrough near its outer end, and a key carrying bolt through said holes, annular bosses on said walls about said llclltes, and said bosses elastically gripping said RALPH C. ROOT.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2534151 *Dec 7, 1945Dec 12, 1950Valentine Kenneth AKey holder
US6164102 *Sep 5, 1995Dec 26, 2000Gapco; Brian E.Key handle
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/37.8, 70/456.00R, 24/569, D03/212
International ClassificationA45C11/32, A45C11/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C11/324
European ClassificationA45C11/32P