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June 3%, 1936. c. L. MaclNTOSH BRACELET Filed Nov. 26, 1955 INVEN TOR. fiaw/s Zea fifkfifxz/as By M M A TTORNEYS.
Patented June 30, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BRACELET Charles Lee MacIntosh, Attleboro, Mass, assignmto S. 0. Bigney & Company, a corporation of Massachusetts Application November 26, 1935, Serial No. 51,608
swing with reference to the other half of the bracelet.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a bracelet which is stiff when in closed position and yet one which may be easily moved from closed to open position or vice versa without the use of a joint and catch for clasping the parts in closed position.
Another object of the invention is the utilization of resiliency in the band for holding the parts in closed position and permitting them to be easily moved to open position for removal of the device from the wrist of the wearer.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a bracelet, the mechanical parts of which may be entirely concealed when in closed position and yet so arranged as to be out of contact with the wrist so as to not to abrade or injure the wrist of the wearer.
Another object of the invention is a simple and yet effective means of mounting and retaining the links which connect the parts in their desired relation thereby effecting an assembly of the parts which may be quickly made.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, as will be more fully described, and particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. i is a perspective view of the bracelet in closed or contracted position;
Fig. 2 a perspective View showing the buckle portion raised in swinging the links from closed to open position;
3 is a perspective view of the band portion of the bracelet and the links with the buckle detached;
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the underside of the buckle;
Fig. 5 is a sectional view on line 55 of Fig. 4;
Fig. 6 is a sectional view on line 66 of Fig, 4;
Fig. 7 is a central sectional view of the bracelet in closed or contracted position;
Fig. 8 is a sectional view on line 8--8 of Fig. 7;
Figure 9 is a sectional view on line 9-9 of Fig. 7.
The usual bracelet which is stifi" upon the wrist is either formed in halves with a hinge connection at one of the ends of the halves and a catch at the other end, or if it is resilient there is 55 usually some latch and catch to secure the ends separably together so that the catch may be detached and the ends of the bracelet flexed open permitting it to be taken from the wrist; and in order to avoid both hinges and latches and catches, I have provided a construction utilizing the resiliency of the encircling band but pro viding a buckle connected by links to the ends of the band which may be easily moved from open or expanded position to contracted position or vise versa without the disconnection and complete separation of the parts, the connecting links supplying the additional length necessary for enlarging the encircling size to permit the bracelet to be withdrawn over the hand of the wearer; and the following is a more detailed description of the present embodiment of this invention, illustrating the preferred means by which these advantageous results may be accomplished:
With reference to the drawing, l0 designates a band bent generally circularly, as shown in Fig. 3, so that when at rest it will assume the shape substantially shown in Fig. 3, with its ends H and i2 spaced as there shown, the band being of some sort of material sufliciently resilient to permit these ends to be spread when enlarging the general encircling size of the device or to be contracted to decrease the general encircling size of the band.
The ends of this band are rolled inwardly as at 53 to provide eyes M which receive generally U- shaped connecting links l5, each comprising legs l6 and a connecting portion l'i joining these legs and pivotally mounted in the eyes ,M on the ends of the band. The end of each of these legs is turned outwardly as at IE to be pivotally mounted in a buckle such as shown in Fig. 4. This buckle is designated generally l9 having side flanges 20 with inwardly extending lips 2! which carry upwardly turned ears 22 pierced to receive the fingers IS.
The overall length of the buckle I Q is such that it will cover or span the space between the ends of the band when the same is at normal or rest position. buckle by compressing the legs l6 toward each other and permitting the outwardly extended fingers l8 to snap into the opening in the ears 22 which are opposite each other on the lips 2 I. The
connecting arrangement being such as shown in Fig. 2, or in Fig. 5.
To move the bracelet to its contracted position the ends I I and I2 are swung inwardly being bent downwardly somewhat from the at rest position as shown in Fig. 3, and then upwardly to lie snug- The links l5 are connected to the M 1y between the top surface of the buckle l9, in which position the rolled portion I 3 will lie in- 'wardiy from the lips 24 of the flanges 20 and be prevented from contacting with the wrist of the wearer. Further, by being located in the position 7 as shown in Fig. 7 the resiliency of the band which is now under some constriction will be held firmly in closed position, as shown in Fig. 7. To move the bracelet to expanded positionjtismere 1y necessary to move downwardly and outwardly one of the end portions of the band, such asl lz, and then to follow it by similarly moving the opposite end portion of the band such as lL'iThe enlargement afforded by reason of the movement of each of the links through: substan'tially"'180 will be four. times the length 'of'the'link which are of equal length, thus aifording easy removal of the bracelet from the wrist of the wearer.
' The foregoing description is directed solely :towards the construction illustrated, but I desire it .toberunderstood that I reserve the privilege of resorting to all the inechanicalchanges to which the; device is susceptible, the invention being de'-' fined and limited only by the terngs of the appended claims. V
1. A bracelet comprising pending side flanges, inwardly extending lips cara buckle having decried thereby, .iand upturnedears carried by said i lips and apertured to receive the ends of links, a resilient band for substantially encircling the wrist with its ends spaced, and links pivoted to the ends of said band and to said upturned ears.
:12. A bracelet comprising a resilient, band for substantiallyencircling the wrist, a buckle having :"side'idepending"flanges, inwardly extending lips carriedby saidlfianges and upwardly turned ears 7 carried by said lips and apertured to receive the ehdsof links, said. band having its ends rolled to oprovide pivots, and links pivoted in said rolled ends and in said' upturned ears.
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