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Publication numberUS2303294 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1942
Filing dateOct 21, 1941
Priority dateOct 21, 1941
Publication numberUS 2303294 A, US 2303294A, US-A-2303294, US2303294 A, US2303294A
InventorsGeorge P Wagner
Original AssigneeUncas Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Jewelry
US 2303294 A
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Nov. 24, 1942. G. P. WAGNER 2,3o3;294

JEWELRY Filed Oct. 21, 1941 v INVENToR eO/Lye. M/g/fer a ATTORNEYS Patented Nov. 24, 1942 JEWELRY George P. Wagner, Edgewood, R.

Uncas Manufacturing Company,

, of Rhode Island I., assignor to a corporation Application october 21, 1941, serial No. 415,913

9 Claims.

This invention relates to various articles of jewelry, although I have chosen for illustration herein only a bracelet and a brooch.

One of the objects of this invention is to provide a plastic piece of jewelry which will be a multiple of similar assembled units.

Another object of the invention is the novel method by which the complete article is made by molding and assembling the units which go to make up the article.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a shaping of the article so that the assembly may be inexpensive and yet permanent and effective.

Another object of the invention is to providel a shaping which may be molded in one common size unit with smaller parts which may be assembled therewith formed from such larger unit.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a construction which may be eithe1` rigid in its assembly or exible, depending upon the article which is provided in the nished assembly.

With these and other objects in View, the invention consists of certain novel features of con-rvv ,f

struction, as will be more fully described, and" particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawing: Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a iiexible bracelet illustrating in dotted lines two end links as swungy open, illustrating the flexibility of the connected members.

Fig. 2 is a side elevation of one of the members;

Fig. 3 is a top plan view of one of the members; i

Fig. 4 is a side elevation illustrating the method of assembly of the members;

Fig. 5 is a side elevation of a latch;

Fig. 6 is a top 4plan view of a bracelet in extended form; l

Fig. 7 is a side elevation of a modified formation of the member;

Fig. 8 is a side elevation of the member shown in Fig. 7 after an additional operation has been performed upon it; l

Fig. 9 is a side elevation of a brooch formed of the members such as illustrated heretofore;

Fig. 10 is a top plan View of the brooch; and

Fig. 11 is a sectional view on line II-II of Fig. 10.

The material used in proceeding with this nvention is some sort of the usual plastic which may be molded into the shape desired. Each of the individual members will be formed in an injection mold and so shaped that it may be assem i bled one with the other for the formation of bracelets, brooches or other articles or jewelry. The usual assembly will be by reason of connections between bars with snapping of the members together by a notch engaging the connection between the bars. If it is desired to make the members which are .connected together rigid, a solvent may be applied to cement the members one to the other.

With reference to the drawing, I have ilustrated a master member I2, shown in plan in Fig. 3 and in elevation in Fig. 2, which consists of a plurality of bars I3, all of duplicate shape, arranged in parallel relation with a space I4 between the bars slightly greater than the width of the bars. Connectors I5 extend between the bars I3 crossing the spaces I4 and holding the bars in spaced relation adjacent one end thereof as illustrated in Fig. 3. These connectors are cylindrical in shape and simulate a pin extending through the bars, although by reason of this` connector being molded integral with the bars, it will of course have no joint therewith.

An additional .connector I6 may be provided between the bars at a. point intermediate the ends and at a point removed from the bars I5 somewhat greater than one-half of the length of the bars. This connector I6 is similar to the conne-ctor I5 in that it is also molded integral with the -bars I3 and has no joint therewith. While I have illustrated this connector I6 as cylindrical, the cylindrical shape in this location is unimportant and it may take any desired shape.

Each of the bars I3 is provided with a notch I'Ivof a key-hole type having a size and shape I8 of the same size and shape as the cylindrical connector I5, while there is an entrance opening I9 to this portion I8 and which at some point along its length, such as at 20, will be restricted so as to cause a flexing of the hook portion 2| at the end of the bar formed by reason of this notch I'I. The notch in the end of each of the -barsk will function with the connector I5 between the bars `for connecting two members together and by reason of the cylindrical shape is pivotally related; while the arrangement is such that the bars of adjacent members will-be in staggered relation such as clearly shown in Fig. 6.

In Fig. 6, I have illustrated one of the master units I2' in the center; while units 22, 22' at either side are one bar less than the master unit I2. To form the units 22, 22', it is merely necessary to cut off one of the bars and its connector from the master unit I2. The lconnection is made as heretofore described with the notches of the bar of the unit 22' hooking onto the connector I of the center master unit I2; while the center master unit I2 will hook onto the connector I5 of the unit 22. In this showing, other unit members 24 and 24' are formed one bar less than the members 22, 22 and are similarly joined to these units, as heretofore described in connection with the units 22, 22 to the master unit I2. Similarly, there are provided units 25, 25', 26, 26', all similarly joined to the unit just preceding them. Inasmuch as the notch has the portion I8 which ts about the cylindrical connector I5, these unit members will be ilexibly related one lwith the other. Y

Other various variety of arrangements will of course be readily apparent. Inasmuch as the units are molded, they may of course be of a variety of colors, and a symmetrical color scheme arrangement of two or more colors may be provided by assembling the proper color members in their desired relationship in the chain.

To secure the ends of the flexible connected links of the bracelet together, I provide a latch hook, illustrated in side elevation in Fig. 5, which comprises a ilanged bar 3| having notches 32, 33, and 34. Notch 34 will be of the type heretofore described to snap into the connector I5 of the unit 26 and be permanently connected thereto, while the other notches 32 and 33 provide two points for connection to the connector I5 of the unit 26 at the other end of the bracelet and may be detachably hooked therewith.

The notch 34 and the other notches described will be of the type which may be snapped into engagement but which cannot be snapped out of engagement without breaking the bracelet, and thus a permanent connection is provided.

Each of the members such as illustrated in Fig. 3 will be formed in an injection mold all one piece with the bars, spaced by the connectors as illustrated, and with the notches formed therein. In some cases, however, the notching may be performed by the formation of a tongue 35 on the end of a bar 36, as shown in Fig. 7, and then this tongue 35 bent down to form the notch 3l, as shown in Fig. 8.

An assembly of a brooch may be provided by units 39, 40, 40', 4I, and 4I by assembly similar v to that heretofore described in connection rwith the bracelet. However, in connection with the brooch, in order tofreeze the members in the desired assembled relation, some solvent for the plastic will be added which will cause the welding of the joints as at 42 (see Fig. 11) of the interlocked parts so that no movement may be had. After this assembly has been provided, the joint 23 for the pin stem 44 will be secured to the back of the brooch and a catch 45 for the pin stem 44 will be provided at the other end to complete the assembly.

I claim:

1. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of bars in parallel spaced relation, means extending between said bars adjacent oneV end of each member, and notches in the bars of said members adjacent the other end thereof to engage the said means of an adjoining member.

2. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of bars in parallel spaced relation, connectors extending between said bars adjacent one end of each member, notches in the bars of said y members adjacent the other end thereof to engage the said connectors of an adjoining mem.-

ber, said notches each having a narrowed entrance opening to cause exing of the members as passed over said means in snapping into engagement therewith, said members in assembly having a connector at one end thereof and a connecting element at the other end thereof provided with a notch at the free end portion with a restricted entrance to snap over into engagement with the said connector at the opposite end of the assembled members to secure the same in endless formation.

3. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of bars in parallel spaced relation, connectors in spaced relation extending between said bars adjacent one end of each member and intermediate the ends thereof, and notches in the bars of said members adjacent the other end thereof to enga-ge the said connectors of an adjoining member.

4. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of bars in parallel spaced relation, connectors in spaced relation extending between said bars and integral therewith and adjacent one end of each member and intermediate the ends thereof, and notches in the bars of said members adjacent the other end thereof to engage the said means of an adjoining member, said notches each having a narrowed entrance opening to cause flexing of the members passed over said means in snapping into engagement therewith.

5. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of arcuate bars arranged in parallel relation and spaced substantially the lateral thickness of each bar, said bars having connectors adjacent one end of cylindrical shape extending across the space between said bars, each bar having a keyhole notch of a size at its largest dimension to fit said cylindrical connector and with a restricted entrance, each member being formed of a material of a character such as to permit flexing as the connectors of one member are forced into the notches of another member with the bars in staggered relation.

6. A jewelry article comprising a plurality of connected members, each member having a plurality of arcuate bars arranged in parallel relation and spaced substantially the lateral thickness of each bar, said bars having connectors adjacent one end of cylindrical shape extending across the space between said bars, and connectors between the bars at a location intermediate the ends of the bars, each bar having a keyhole notch of a size at its largest dimension to fit said cylindrical connector and with a restricted entrance, each member being formed of a material of a character such as to permit flexing as the connectors of one member are forced into the notches of another member with the bars in staggered relation.

7. A jewelry article comprising a master member having a plurality of bars arranged in parallel relation and spaced substantially the lateral thickness of each bar, connectors of the same integral piece of material as the bars extending across the space between said bars adjacent one end of the bars, members connected at either side of the master member each having a plurality of similarly notched bars lesser in number by one than the master member and positioned in the space between the bars of the master member with the notches of one member engaging the connector of the other, and additional members similarly formed and connected to the last named members each having a plurality of similar notched bars lesser in number by one than the preceding member.

8. A jewelry article comprising a master member having a plurality of bars arranged in parallel relation and spaced substantially the lateral thickness of each bar, connectors of the same integral piece of material as the bars extending across the space between said bars adjacent one end of the bars and spacer connectors also integral with the bar material between the bars and at a location intermediate the ends of the bars each bar having a keyhole notch adjacent the other end of the bars, members connected at either side of the master member each having a plurality of similarly notched bars lesser in number by one than the master member and positioned in the space between the bars of the master member with the notches of one member engaging the connector of the other, and additional members similarly formed and connected to the last named members each having a plurality of similar notched bars lesser in number by one than the preceding member.

9. A jewelry article comprising a master member having a plurality of bars arranged in parallel relation and spaced substantially the lateral thickness of each bar, connectors of the same integral piece of material as the bars extending across the space between said bars adjacent one end of the bars and spacer connectors also integral with the bar material between the bars and at a location intermediate the ends of the bars each bar having a keyhole notch adjacent the other end of the bars, members connected at either side of the master member each having a plurality of similarly notched bars lesser in number by one than the master member and positioned in the space between the bars of the master member with the notches of one member engaging the connector of the other, and a series of additional members similarly formed and connected to the last named members each having a plurality of similar notched bars lesser in number by one than the preceding member.

GEORGE P. WAGNER.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification63/9, 63/DIG.300, 59/900, 29/433, 63/20, 59/80, 63/DIG.200
International ClassificationA44C5/10
Cooperative ClassificationY10S63/03, Y10S63/02, A44C5/102, Y10S59/90
European ClassificationA44C5/10B