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Publication numberUS208969 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 15, 1878
Filing dateFeb 9, 1878
Publication numberUS 208969 A, US 208969A, US-A-208969, US208969 A, US208969A
InventorsThomas B. Doolittle
Original AssigneeBy Megne assignment
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in tips for switch-cords
US 208969 A
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BEST AVAlLABLE 00F- T. B. DOOLITTLE. Tips for Switch Cords.

No. 208,969. Patented Oct. 15,1878.

BEST AVAlLABLE COP -U ITED STATES PA'I ENTO ICE 'lI-IOMAS 1:. noomr'rrln, or BRIDGEPORT, eons, Assrenon, BY Mus-nu ASSIGNMENT. T0 'nuennn r. PHILLIPS, or rnovmnncn, n. I.

IMPROVEMENT m TIPS Foaswl'l'ou-coaosJ -f Specification forming part of Letters Pat-ent No. 208,969, dated October 15, 1878; application filed 1 ebruary 9, 1878.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, T. B.- DOOLITTLE, of Bridgeport, in the county of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Tips for Switch-Cords; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, making apart of this specilication.

My invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in the tips for electric switch-cords, and in the mode of attaching the same. It has for its objects simplicity of construction and the perfect and durable contact and connection between the-cord and tip; and with these ends and objects in view, my invention consists of a metal shell and a needle or carrier adapted to carry and hold the core and'end of a cord; and my invention also consists of the method hereinafter described of producing the contact'necessary in switchcords to produce perfect conductivity.

Another feature of my invention relates to the novel form of the tip-wire, whereby it may not only be more firmly held in a screw-post than those of the form heretofore in use, but

- whereby greater electric conductivity between phone-conductors, as will be hereinafter explained.

Previous to my invention great difficulty has been experienced in arranging the end of the switch-cord core so that it could be successfully and durabl y connected with the posts of telephones and with the switch-plates in telegraph offices, and several novel ideas have been suggested, the most approved and generally used being the joining of the core with a metal point or bar ,by the use of solder to form the contact, and then covering thesamc with a split-metal cone.

In practice I have found that the connection between the core and metal bar is unreliable and likely to become impaired in use, and that the employment of solder to form the joint has a tendency to render the conductivity less perfect than .it should be, owing in a measure to the chemical action of the solder acids upon the comparatively small wires which are employed in the cores of switchcords.

I have sought by my invention to overcome all these difficulties anddisadvantages by avoiding the use of solder altogether, and

rendering the contact and conductivity perfect by binding the severaLpants tightly to-' the advantagesof my invention and learnhow to use the same, I will proceed to describe the construction and application of the same, re-

ferring by letters to the accompanying drawin g, in which- 4 Figure 1 is a central longitudinal section of one of my improved, tips as applied to the end of a. switch-cord, with the cord and carrying-needle shown in elevation, and the latter in two positions, the solid lines showing it in the act of starting it through the forward end of the shell, and the dotted lines showing it in positions longitudinally tobe fastened in place by crimping the shell. Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1, but showing the needle and cord secured permanently in place by the crimping of the shell. .Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the shell and needle disconnected; Figs. 4, 5, and 6, similar views, showing modi fications of theneedle or core carrier; andFi g. 7, a similar view, showing a modification of the mode of orimpingthe needle in place. In the last four figures the shell is shown in section to expose the needle and cord.

Similar letters indicate like partslin the several figures.

A is a brass or other suitable sheet-metal shell, made many desirable manner, and having its open end slightly flared to prevent abrasion of the braided covering of the cord. The practically closed or forward end of the shell has a central hole or perforation, adapted to permit the passage of the needle B, which is formcd,as shown, with an eye, a, through which the eore-wi re is threaded, and enlarged around the eye, as seen. at b, so that the said portion will just fit snugly the inside of the shell A.- Behind the eye a is a short tail, 0. d is the metal core of the switch-cord, which is composed of a series of small wires wound spirally around a flexible core, or formed 111 any other manner; and c is the braided covering.

At Figs. 1 and 2 Ihave shown the manner of attaehing the tip, which consists in first cutting away-the binder and braided covering of the cord, exposing the core (I, which is then ted lines' at Fig. 1 and solid lines at Fig. i,

the relative diameters of the needle proper and the hole in the forward end of the shell and the swell at the eye and the inside diameter of the shell being such that when drawn to the position shown at Fig. 2 they will bind snugly. hen the needle is in theposition just described, it will have drawn the braided portion of the cord within the back edge of the shell, and the latter is then, by means of a suitable press, crimped just behind the eye of the needle, as shown at f, whereby the core of the cord is pinched between the walls of the shell and the needle to produce perfect contact between the three, and the needle is also firmly held in place against vibration, and in order that the braided covering may be insured against slipping back upon the core, and also to form a secondary grasp upon the cord as a whole, the shell is also crimped at g. The result of the two erimpin gs accomplishes the objects sought, and makes a strong, stiif joint and perfect contact of metals. The

. projecting end or point of the needle, iftoo long, may be clipped off at any suitable or desirable distance from the shell.

The form of wire which I preferis rectangular or triangular in cross-section, as by reason of such form I am enabled to hold the same more firmly within the post and obtain more than a single point of contact between the tipwire and post; and an additional advantage resulting from such form rests in the fact that the angular needle or tip-wire, in passing through. the round puncture or orifice in the a F- E'ST AVA! LABIIF COP front end of the shell, cuts or spreads the edge of said orifice and induces to a tight fit and close contact.

At Figs. 4, 5 and 6 the needle is shown with difi'erent formations of the eye or hook, and these are only designed to show a few of many different ways in which I have applied the principle of my invention, preferring in practice to use the form shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3. The point of the needle may be bent, as shown in dotted lines at Fig. 5, to adapt it to some kinds of posts. Many other changes will suggest themselves, which may .bemade without departing from the spirit of my invention, and I do not therefore wish to'be understood as at all limiting myself in this direction, nor in the exact point within the shell where the'eyebf the needle is secured, as it may he immediately adjacent to the forward end, or at any point' between the front and back ends, and the shell crimped behind the eye, or behind and in. .front of the same, asclearly shown in Fig. .7, in which case the shell would have a practicalswell between the grooves or crimps'.

I do not wish to be understood as confining myself to a seamless shell, for, although Ipre fer such a shell, they may be made with .a longitudinal seam.

IVhat I claim'as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. As anew article of manufacture, a tip for switch-cords consisting of a metallic shell and a metallic needle, the. latter adapted to carry the core of the cord within the shell, and to be secured in place substantially as herein? before described. v 2. As an improved article of manufacture, a switch-cord provided with a metallic tip, sccured in position to produce conductivity by compression of the shell, substantially as hereinbefore set forth.

3. The method herein described of securing metal tips to switch-cords and producing conductivity'by compressing the outer shell and confining the core between the said shell and an interior spear or needle.

4.. In combination with an electric switchcord, a tip-wire or needle of rectangular or triangular form in cross-section, substantially as and for the purposes set forth.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of February,

' T. ILDOOLITTLE. I L. s.] In presence of W11. 0. .MCIN'IIRE, F. W. HOWARD.

Cooperative ClassificationH01R4/20