US 2201757 A
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y 21, 1940- H. P. BENDER 2,201,757
' LADYS HANDBAG m1) THE LIKE Filed Oct. 26, 1937 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 IN VENT 0R f/fi/VS P. BEDER E L L LET IIIIIEE I May 21, 1940. H. P. BENDER LADYS HANDBAG AND THE LIKE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct. 26, 1937 INVENTOR fi/r/vs P. 5N0ER @NEY Patented May 21, 1940 UNl'iED STATES rarest 3 Claims.
This invention relates to an improvement in ladies pocketbooks and handbags and also has application to other similar personal belongings.
While the ordinary ladys pocketbook is adapted to carry a large variety of articles and denominations of coins and bills, it is oftentimes difiicult for milady to find a coin of a particular denomination when Wanted in a hurry, such as when one is boarding a prepayment public conveyance.
According to my invention, I construct the pocketbook with a special framework at the top, adapted to hold coins or bus or car tokens only, and which will release a single coin only when a thumb piece is pressed and without the necessity of opening the pocketbook or searching around for the coin desired. While I am aware that coin holders of many types have been proposed, to be used as separate attachments to the clothing or to a pocketbook, my invention is distinguished therefrom in that the holder is built into the frame of the pocketbook itself and is therefore inconspicuous, and the coin may be released without opening the pocketbook.
Referring to the drawings, illustrating the preferred form of my invention,
Fig. 1 is a side elevation, partly in section, of my new form of pocketbook.
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the same.
Fig. 3 is an end view of the same, looking toward the coin ejecting end. I
Fig. 4 is a section taken approximately on line 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 5 is a detailed perspective View of the framework of the pocketbook forming the coin holder, with parts broken away.
Fig. 6 is a side view, partly in section, of a modified form of handbag.
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the bottom portion of the coin holder of this form.
Fig. 8 is a section taken on line 8-8 of Fig. 6.
Fig. 9 is a developed plan View of the blank used to form the bottom member shown in Fig. '7.
The body I of the handbag or pocketbook shown in Fig. 1 may be of any suitable construction and material, such as leather or cloth, and is shown as having a hinged top with the usual catch knobs 3. In place of the usual metal reenforcing at the top, I provide a hollow transversely extending container 2 of sheet material, such as thin metal or Bakelite, on at least one side of the opening of the pocketbook, to which the knobs 3 and the handle strap 4 may be secured. Said container preferably extends the entire width of the pocketbook and may be covered entirely at the sides b-y-the leather l-. At the top of the container I provide a horizontal slot 5 to receive the coin or token 6 of predetermined size, so that the container may be loaded through said slot. Preferably, a spring closure 7 is providedunder the slot to normally-hold the same closed and prevent escape of the coinsif the pocketbook is turned upside down. 7
At the other end of the container I have shown a vertical slot M for release of one coin at a time. Behind and above said slot, I provide a release finger or catch 8 pivoted on a pin 9 and normally held with its outer end in the downward position by a leaf or other spring Ill, which engages the top of the container 2 at one end and a notch in catch 8 at the other end. The under surface of said catch is concave to receive the upper edge of a coin 6', so that with the catch in the position shown in Fig. l, the end coin 5' cannot escape. Upon pressure on the thumb piece H, however, this coin will be ejected to the position shown in dotted lines, by the engagement therewith of the rear lip l2 on said catch, the catch being rotated in a clockwise direction at that time. At the same time the lip l2 will prevent the next coin 6" from escaping until the catch is again released, upon which the coin 6 will roll forward as soon as the pocketbook is tilted into the position for ejecting a coin.
All that the owner need do, therefore, to secure her carfare is to slightly tip the pocketbook in a counter-clockwise direction in'Fig. 1 and press the thumb piece, whereupon a single coin will be ejected into her hand. Since the thumb piece lies directly under the hand of the person carrying the bag, it will be next to impossible for a sneak thief to obtain a coin without attracting the attention of the owner.
A somewhat modified form of the invention is shown in Figs. 6 to 9. Whereas the outer cover ing of the pocketbook in Figs. 1 to 5 is brought up over the sides of the metal coin holder, in Figs. 6 to 9 the fabric I of the pocketbook is caught under the bottom of the coin holder so that the metal top of the pocketbook is exposed and may be suitably decorated, as indicated at 20. Preferably, the bottom of the container is also made sloping toward the delivery slot Ml so that the coins will be rolled by gravity to the proper position under the catch 8 when the forward coin is ejected, thus eliminating the necessity for tilting the pocketbook.
Preferably, the floor of the container is formed of a blank 2! of sheet material, such as metal,
which is preferably made substantially triangular or trapezoidal in shape, as shown in Fig. 9, and is rolled over longitudinally to form the structure shown in Fig. 7, with the open side at the bottom. This, then, is inserted with the closed side uppermost in between the two Walls of the container, forming a sloping bottom for the same, and the leather exterior and cloth lining of one side of the pocketbook are caught within the U- shaped opening in the bottom of the member 2! and clamped therein. The strip 2| may have small end tabs 22, 22' thereon, which may be folded over after assembling to completely enclose the leather and fabric ends.
The opposite side of the pocketbook may be formed similarly, with or without coin receiving and ejecting slots.
As many changes could be made in the above construction and many apparently widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. The combination with the fabric body of a pocketbook, a hollow coin container of sheet material extending across the top thereof, said container having an ejecting opening at one end and a bottom formed from a strip of sheet material rolled over to form a U-shaped strip inserted between the sides of said container with its open side down, to receive the top of the fabric of the pocketbook on one side.
2. A pocketbook as claimed in claim 1, in which said strip of sheet material is of trapezoidal shape to cause the bottom of the container to slope toward the ejecting end.
3. The combination with the body of a pocketbook or handbag, a U-shaped bag frame having a hollow cross portion or stifi'ener serving as a coin receptacle extending across the top of the bag opening, said cross portion having a sloping bottom and having at its top adjacent the shallow end a slot accessible from the outside, said cross portion having a discharge slot at its other cnd, a spring catch pivoted adjacent and above said last named slot for positioning over a coin and having its under surface concave to fit the top of the coin and providing a stop for the succeeding coin resting on said sloping bottom, and a thumb piece for rocking said catch, whereby a coin thereunder is ejected and the next coin prevented from rolling out.
HANS PHILIP BENDER.