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Aug. 6', 1946. A.'W. WHITE ILLUMINATING ANKLE BRACELET AND THE LIKE Filed Nov. 9, 1944 v INVENTOR.
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bi afar/7e Patented Aug. 6, 1 946 UNlTED STATES PATENT orris ILLUMINATING ANKLE BRACELET AND THE LIKE Albert W. White, New York, N. Y.
Application November 9, 1944, Serial No. 562,606 2 Claims. (01. 240-6. 1)
This invention relates to illuminating rings placed on portions of the body of a person or a dummy, for novel lighting and decorating effects.
My invention particularly relates to bracelets to be placed on the ankles of a person or a dummy, said bracelets having means to throw illumination upwardly over the body of a dancer, stage performer, or a dummy in a show window exhibiting dresses or the like, whereby novel, aesthetic effects will be produced and whereby the. attention of the people will be drawn to the performers or the dummy exhibiting the dress or other article. Other objects of this invention will be apparent as the specification of the same proceeds, and, among others, I may mention: to provide a device which will be simple and comparatively inexpensive in construction, easy and safe to operate, to apply or to remove.
In the drawing forming a part of this specification and accompanying the same:
Fig. 1 shows my device as applied on the ankle of a person or a dummy;
Fig. 2 is a plan view of my device, on a larger scale;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view, the section being taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is another sectional view showing a modification of my device;
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary side view of the closing or locking means for my device, and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary plan view showing my device in an open position, parts of the same being omitted.
Referring now to the drawing more in detail by characters of reference, the numeral ID indicates my illuminating ankle bracelet, in general, being composed of two semi-circular halves l! and I2, joined together by a pivot, as at [3. Each half is a channel shaped member as indicated in Fig. 3. The ends of the respective semicircular channel members of my device are indicated at M, I5, l6 and IT, respectively. The material of the channels H and I2 preferably is of electrically insulating character, like an appropriate plastic, hard rubber, etc., but, as will be explained hereinafter, it may be a precious or other metal, in which case the same or certain parts thereof must be electrically insulated from some of the inner mechanisms, the necessity and means of which will be obvious to those versed in this art.
Electric dry batteries iii are placed into the channel at appropriate places, and electric illuminating tubes l9 are placed between the batteries, both, the batteries and the tube preferably following the circular outline of my device.
At one end of each battery If), there is provided an appropriate positive pole plate 20, and at the other end thereof a negative pole plate 2!, as will be understood, each pole plate, of course, being insulated from the housing of the battery.
Similarly, at one end of each illuminating tube l9 there is provided a metal conductor plate 22 forming one pole thereof, at the other end another similar conductor plate 23 forming the other pole of the same, and an illuminating filament 24 connects the two poles of the tube.
Spiral springs 25 are placed between the respective pole plates of the batteries and of the illuminating tubes, whereby the whole chain of batteries and tube are pressed into reliable electrical contact to one another.
At the four ends M to I! inwardly projecting flanges 26 are provided in the channels (Fig. 6) whereby the final elements in the chain, be they dry batteries or tubes, will be prevented from escaping or being pushed out at the end of the respective channel.
When it is desired to apply my device, the same will be opened on its pivot l3, and then closed on the ankle of the person or dummy, whereupon it may be secured in such a closed position by a hook 21, which may be pivoted at one side of the opening of the device, as at 28, and may engage a pin 29 at the other side.
A spring 30 may insure that the hook 2! will be kept engaged with the pin 29.
It will be seen that when my device is in such closed position, the chain of the electrical elements is closed into one continuous circuit through the corresponding projecting specific poles 20a and 22a, and 2H) and 23b, in the end elements of the two halves which will be pressed upon one another by the springs 25 in thechain.
In such a condition the light of the tubes l3 will be thrown upwardly and will illuminate the leg of the person wearing the ankle bracelet or of the dummy on which it is employed.
When it is desired to extinguish the illumination, the hook 21 may be placed on another pin 29a. being inwardly placed from the pin 29, whereby the device will be slightly open and a space 3| formed between its free ends, and the two pairs of poles 20a and 22a and Zlb and 236 will be spaced apart from one another thereby breaking the electric circuit (Fig. 6).
In Fig. 4, I indicate a modification of my device, in Which, instead of the channels II and I2,
and uses, as are within the spirit of this specifii q cation and the scope of the claims hereunto ap-j pended.
One such change may consist in making the transparent upper half 34 of the modification,
ring shaped member, so as to longitudinally illuminate the portion of the person or the dummy which is encircled by said ring member, said ring comprising two halves pivoted to one another, and means to releasably close the ring on a portion of the body of a person or a dummy, said illuminating means comprising electrical batteries and tubular light elements, having insulated electro conductive pole members at their ends, and being arranged in a predetermined successive chain, resilient electro conductive means between each adjacent pair of elements in said chaimand limiting means to prevent the escape indicated in Fig. 4, of colored material so as to transparent half of my ankle bracelet may also be magnified or in such a manner as to efiect the reflecting of the light in a desired manner.
'It is also'understood' that any other suitable electric swit'ch'may be used in connection with my device than the one described in this specification forlmaking or breakingthe electric circuit. Such devices are well known inthis art and may be ap l ed to an illiuninatingankle bracelet of my -inventionin''anjobvious manner by thoseversedin thisart. f
similarly, additional open n s maybe made in the channels I l and l 2 downwardly to illuminate the feet of the user, if desired.
What I claim as newand want to protect by Letters Patentof the United States is:
1. An illuminating device, adapted to be placed on and around portions of thebody'o'f a person or a dummy, comprising a ring shaped member of opaque material, self contained and self operating illuminating means enclosed in saidmemher, a portion of said member being made transparent and permitting the escapeoi light rays generally in. parallelism with the, axis of said of the elements at the ends of the half rings.
2. An illuminating device, adapted to be placed on and around portions of the body of a person or a dummy',jcomprising a ring shaped member of opaque material, self contained and self operating illuminating means enclosed in said memher, a portion of said member being made transparent and permitting the escape of light rays generally in parallelism with the axis of said ring shaped member, so as -to longitudinally illuminate the portion of the person or the dummy which is encircled by said ring member, said ring comprising two halves pivoted to one another, and means to releasably' close the ring on a portion of the bodyof a" person or a dummy, said illuminating means comprising electrical batteries and tubular light elements, having insulated electro'conductive pole members at their ends, and being arranged in a predetermined successive chain, resilient electro conductive means between each adjacent pair of elements in said chain, and limiting means to prevent the escape of the elements at the ends of the half rings, pole projections on said last elementscontacting one another when the ring halves are closed, but adapted to be separated and the electric'circuit broken when the ring halves are opened;
' ALBERT W. WHITE.