US 2039410 A
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C. C. HARRIS SLIDABLE CLIP May 5, 1936.
Filed Oct. 17, 1954 Patented May 5, 1936 ilhtlTED STATES PATENT OFFICE 7 Claims.
This invention relates to a clip to be applied to a pencil, fountain pen, or other implement for the purpose of securing it in the pocket or in a notebook or similar place.
The principal objects of the invention are to provide a clip for such an article without screws, rivets, or prongs for holding it in position; to provide a clip of this character capable of sliding longitudinally of the article on which it is mounted for the purpose of enabling the user to place the article in two different positions, in one of which the implement is entirely concealedin the pocket, notebook or the like, and to provide a clip of this character with simple and inexpensive means by which an emblem or the like can be applied to it.
ther objects and advantages of the invention will appear hereinafter.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a front View of a mechanical pencil showing a preferred embodiment of this invention;
Fig. 2 is an edge view;
Fig. 3 is an edge view, partly in section, showing the clip in such a position that no part of the casing of the pencil projects above it;
Fig. 4 is a similar view showing the three parts of the device separated from each other;
Fig. 5 is an elevation of the clip looking in the direction of the arrow 5 in Fig. 4;
Fig. 6 is an elevation of an eraser and its holder, looking in the direction of the arrow 6 in Fig. 4;
Fig. 7 is a View similar to Fig. 1 showing a modification;
Fig. 8 is an edge View of the same partly in section and Fig. 9 is a sectional view on the line 99 of Fig. 1.
Although I have shown the invention as applied to a flat pencil of the type in which the lead can be mechanically adjusted, it is to be understood that the invention itself can be applied to a fountain pen, round pencil, or other implement adapted to be carried in a pocket, notebook, score pad or the like.
In the form of the invention shown in the first six figures, it is shown as applied to a pencil having a casing [0 which is provided with a space I I at the top. Down into this space from the top projects a leg l2 of a spring clip l3. At the bottom this leg is turned up to form a foot Hi. This foot is so formed that it will press with some force against one wall of the space H suificiently to form a frictional contact. This holds the clip in any place in which it may be placed along the pencil and yet allow it to be adjusted lengthwise. This foot constitutes the means for holding the clip in position, thus avoiding the use of screws, rivets, prongs or other mechanical fastening devices.
The clip itself extends out of the top of the pencil, fountain pen, or whatever implement it is applied to, and is spaced from the outer surface at the top and extends down a reasonable distance. In the form shown, the pencil is illus- 10 trated as reduced in diameter just below the foot M and the clip is provided with a depressed end i 5 of convex shape inwardly. These two surfaces, one convex and one concave, assist in holding the clip in the full line position, as shown in Fig. 3.
The clip is shown as provided with a slot l6 widening towards the bottom and having a hole H at the top separated from the slit by a neck. This is for the purpose of holding an emblem, button, or the like IS. The emblem is provided with two prongs 19 so spaced that they can be inserted in the slit I6 and forced upwardly until the prongs, pressed together by the neck, spring out and thereby hold the emblem in position with suflicient security for ordinary purposes. The emblem is removed easily by pressing the prongs together and drawing it downwardly.
At the top of the space II is provided a casing 20 which has an eraser 2| projecting from one end. As shown, this casing is provided with projections 22 which project beyond the edge of the casing iii and prevent its slipping down into the space I i. This eraser casing can be placed in either of two positions, obviously, in one of which, as shown in Fig. 1, it is not ready for use but is 3 protected in the space I] and in the other of which, as shown in Figs. 7 and 8, the eraser projects outwardly and is ready for use.
The purpose of the adjustment of the clip I3 is as follows: Ordinarily the clip occupies the position shown in full lines in Fig. 3. Now, if this implement is put into the pocket in this position, the casing 20 projects up above the top of the pocket. If it is not desired to: have any projection above the top of the pocket, the whole pencil is forced downwardly and the clip occupies the relative position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3. The top loop of the clip then being even wth the top of the casing 20, that casing will be concealed in the pocket.
The casing is shown as having a small indentation forming a projection 21 on the inside constituting a definite stop for the bent part of the clip. This practically locks the clip in place.
The stop can be forced back with a suitable implement to release the clip.
The rest of the invention can be carried out without the feature just mentioned above in the form shown in Figs. '7 and 8. In this case the clip 23 has its foot 24 nearer the top of the casing and projecting up to the bottom of the casing 20 or the eraser 2|, as the case may be. In this case a solid clip is shown having a hump 25 and a spring end 26 engaging the outside of the pencil or the like. In this case the clip is not a sliding one in the sense that it can be moved to two positions, in either one of which it can be left for some useful purpose. However, it still retains the feature of being readily detachable and in fact, readily applied without the use of mechanical fastening devices and will stay in position against any force except one strong enough to overcome the friction on the inside of the casing.
This clip, in either form shown, is useful on account of the above mentioned characteristics. It can be made as ornamental as desired. It provides simple, detachable means for holding the button or emblem [8. It is a neat and comparatively inexpensive construction to make and apply to a pencil, either round or flat, fountain pen, or any other implement. Of course, it can be used Without any eraser and it can be used in a notebook, by a stenographer, salesman, etc., or on a score pad for golf or any game.
Having thus described my invention and the advantages thereof, I do not wish to be limited to the details herein disclosed, otherwise than as set forth in the claims, but what I claim is:-
1. As an article of manufacture, an implement casing with a hollow space at the top, a clip of spring material on the outside of the casing for attachment to the top of a pocket or the like, said clip having a leg extending down into said space from the top thereof, and means on the clip to engage the opposite side of the space for holding the clip frictionally in position.
2. As an article of manufacture, an implement casing with a hollow space in the top, a clip of spring material movable up and down bodily on the outside of the casing for attachment to the top of a pocket or the like and having a leg extending down into said space and a foot at the bottom of the leg extending along one side of said space of such shape and size as to slidably engage the opposite side of the space for holding the clip frictionally but adjustably in position.
3. In an article of the character described, the combination of a casing having a hollow space at the top, a clip of spring material having an outside portion and a leg extending down in said space from the top of the casing along one side thereof and extending back against the opposite side of the space at its bottom to provide a frictional contact against the wall of the space and second casing fitting the top of said space, whereby it can be placed in the space projecting therefrom, whereby, when the article is placed in a pocket or the like, with the clip in its lowest position therein, the whole article can be forced down relative to the clip so that the second casing will come to a point behind the top of the clip and therefore be concealed in the pocket of the user.
4. The combination of a casing having a hollow space at the top, a clip having an outside portion and a leg extending down from the top of the casing against the opposite side of the space at its bottom to provide a frictional contact against the surface of the space, an eraser casing having an eraser therein, said eraser casing fitting the top of said space, whereby it can be placed in the space projecting therefrom, either with the eraser exposed or with it protected in the casing of the pencil, and stops intermediate of the ends of the eraser casing to prevent its being moved beyond a certain point into the pencil casing, whereby, when the pencil is placed in the pocket or the like when the clip is in its lowest position therein, the whole pencil can be forced down relative to the clip so that the eraser casing will come to a point behind the top of the clip and therefore be concealed in the pocket of the user.
5. As an article of manufacture, an implement having a hollow space at the top thereof provided with a clip for holding it in a pocket or notebook, said clip being frictionally held in position in said space and being adjustable along it, the clip having a slot on its outer side, and an emblem having prongs adapted to project through the slot to hold the emblem in position.
6. As an article of manufacture, an implement having a clip for holding it in a pocket or notebook, the clip having a slot provided with a neck near the top and a hole beyond the neck and communicating therewith, and an emblem having prongs adapted to spring into the hole when it has been moved up the slot to hold the emblem in position.
'7. As an article of manufacture, a pencil casing provided with a hollow space at one end and a clip on the outside of the casing, the clip having a leg extending from the end of the casing into said space, and a stop on the wall of the casing inside to prevent the withdrawal of the clip.
CARL C. HARRIS.