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Publication numberUS2473056 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 14, 1949
Filing dateOct 16, 1944
Priority dateOct 16, 1944
Publication numberUS 2473056 A, US 2473056A, US-A-2473056, US2473056 A, US2473056A
InventorsHenderson Roe P
Original AssigneeSpringfield Leather Products C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Billfold with gusset pocket
US 2473056 A
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June 14, 1949. R. P.- HENDERSON BILLFOLD WITH GUSSET POCKET Filed Oct. 16, 1944 s m m n n m FM ND JR EN 0 E "H mH A m R NN E Y o TEE w Patented June 14, 1949 UNITE-D s-rAr BETS P:

1 OFFICE 2 Claims. 1, This invention relates to pocket: wallets or billf'olds.= I

An'object of the invention is to provide animproved Iconstruction of pocket wallets rbillfolds that permit more-freedom of insertion of paper bills'int'o the bill "pockets of the wallet, and which also" provide a larger space to receivev agreater number of paper billsl.

Aiioth'efobjectol the. invention is to provide a. pocket walletlhaving a bill 'receiving,compartmentthat-is provided with expansible'end. walls to permit" expansion of the billlcompartment. for receiving a large number of bills.

Another-object of'the invention is tonprovide av pocketwallet with expansible end 'wallsof the billreceiving compartment that are constructed anda'rranged in a manner that the excess material inthe'expansible' end walls is. always positioned inwardly. of f. the bill compartment.

A"still'further object of the. invention is to pro,- vide a pocket wallet inaccordance with=any of the foregoing objects wherein the endtwalls vof the bill'receiving compartment comprise a g-usset} wherein'an intermediate partitioning wall isplacedin the bill'receiving compartmentin engagement with thegusset end walls of the bill:

receivingcompartment to. retain the gusset end walls inwardly of the bill receiving compartment whenever the wallet is folded;

Another object ofv the invention is to provide a pocket wallet in accordancewith=anyof the foregoing objects wherein .theaintermediate partitioning wall in the bill receiving compartment is free to'movelongitud-inally in the bill receiving compartment, but which is attached to the gusset end walls: of the-"billreceiving compartment in such a manner as to pull the gusset end walls inwardly of the bill receiving compartment whenever the wallet is folded.

Further object's and advantageswill become apparent from the drawings and the following description'l" In the drawings:

Figure" 1 is. apersp'ective elevational view ofla pocket wallet'involvi'ng features of this invention.

Figure 2 is 'a' horizontal cross-sectional vView of the pocket wallet.

Figure l 3' is a vertical. cross-sectional view" of the pocket'wallet' taken along line 3-3 of Figure 2.

Figure i is a fragmentaryelevational viewiofxa modified construction of-lthe pocketwallet 1 In this invention the pocket wallet or billfold consists of a front wall II) of a height and length that establishes the external dimensions of the billfoldi Arearwall I 1 consists of two sections I2 and I3' that may be integral with the front wall" section It! and be folded along-,the-bottom -edge M of the front wall section IE3 or the sections I2 and I3 maybe stitchedtto the front wall section along-the bottomed'ge ld'thereof to thereby place the rear Wall sections I2 and I3 upon the-rear face offthe frontwallsection It.

The rearwallsection I3 has a -section I5 that may be. integral therewith folded along the fold line=I fi =or may be stitched thereto to lay against the inside face of the rear vwallsection It, thus forming a tubular structure that receives one end of a bridging wall E? that extends between therear wall section l3 and the enclosing wall section.

The rear wall section lZ-is provided with a similarly constructednwall section It that encloses.

the opposite endof-the bridging wall l'I,

The front wall section Ii] and the rear Wall.

section I2 areconnectedtogether at the lefthand-ends thereofbya gusset-wall 20 that is in the-general shape of a V-shaped wall.- The gusset wall ztwhas one.edge thereofsecuredto the edge 2-I of'thet-front wall secticn-ll by any suit-' able means such as the row ofstitching .22 The oppositeedge ofthe gusset Wall Zll is attached tothe rear Wall-section It by any suitable means It will be noted suoh as thetrow of stitching 23. that the'gusset Wall 20 is disposed in such a manner between-the front wall M3 and the rear wall that the apex of the V-shaped gusset wall I extends inwardly of the bill compartment formed-by the-space between the front wall I0 wi-thagusset-iwall 25" constructed in a'manner similarito the gusset wall 26 and having one edge thereof-lsecured-to' thesfront Wall Ii by the rowofstitchingZfi; and the opposite edge-thereof se cured to there'ar wall section I3'by 'the row of? stitchingll: The'degree-of opening of the space between thee-front Wall I0 and the rear wall I I,

particularlwa-t the: ends of the bill compartment,

is' thus greatlylincreasedby the use of the gussets '2 Iland -2'5' to; permit amore free insertion of bills into the bill ire'ceivingcompartmenti28'. With the gussetsxfolded inwardlyiof lthe'bill receiving cornpartmentias' illustratedin Figurez, they will normally ten d tot return' itoii the: position illustrated I whenever: the walls of the 'billfold =are-'collapsed'- between the front wall and the rear wall sections 12 and 13 as represented by the fold edg I 4 of the billfold. This is quite apparent from the sectional view of Figure 3 showing the gusset walls adjacent the fold edge 14 of the billfold.

To partition the :bill receiving compartment 28, an intermediate partitioning wall 30 is disposed between the front wall H) and the rear wall II. This partitioning wall 30 is provided with an extension 31 on one end thereof that passes through a slot 32 provided in the apex of the V- shaped gusset wall 20. The extension 3] is provided with outwardly extending cars 33 which prevent the extension 3| from being readily removed from the slot 32 because the ears 33 will engage the solid portion of the gusset wall at opposite ends of the slot 32.

A similar extension 34 is provided on the opposite end of the partitioning wall 30 and has ears 35 that prevent the extension 34 from being removed from the slot 36 provided in the apex of the V-shaped gusset wall 25.

With the billfold or wallet in flat condition as illustrated in Figures 2 and 3, it will be noted that when the cars 35 on the partitioning wall 30 are positioned against the apex of the gusset wall that the ears 33 on the opposite end of the partitioning wall are spaced a substantial distance from the apex of the gusset wall 20, thereby allowing certain freedom of movement of the partitioning wall 30 longitudinally in the bill receiving compartment 28. However, it will also be noted that the relationship of position of the ears 33 and on the partitioning wall 30 are such that the gusset walls 20 and 25 cannot move outwardly beyond the end edge of the front wall l8 Without striking the ears 33 and 35. The arrangement is such that the cars 33 and 35 always tend to retain the gusset walls 20 and 25 inwardly of the bill receiving compartment 28, so that when the billfold or wallet is folded along a center line between. the ends thereof the gusset walls 20 and 25 will be prevented from bendin outwardly of the bill receiving compartment 28. The ears 33 and 35 on the intermediate partitioning wall 30 thus act as a restraining or confining means for preventing outward folding of the gusset walls 20 and 25 relative to the bill receiving compartment 28. It will also be noted that the length of the intermediate partitioning wall 30 is such that when the ears 35 engage the gusset wall 25, the opposite end of the partitioning wall 30 does not extend beyond the edge of the front wall H3, thus the ends of the intermediate partitioning wall represented between the extensions 3| and 34 will not protrude beyond the ends of the billfold at any time either when the billfold is in fiat condition or when folded.

The rear wall section (3 of the billfold may be provided with a coin pocket 40 consisting of a front wall having a section M attached to a section 43 by a gusset 42 so as to provide for expansibility of the pocket 40. The section 43 of the front wall is secured to the rear wall section 13 by rows of stitching 44 at opposite ends thereof. A cover flap 45 is secured to the rear wall section 13 and folds over the upper edge of the front Wall H to close the top portion of the coin pocket 40 and is provided with a snap lock 46.

In Figure 4 there is shown a modified construction of a billfold similar in construction to the one described but with an additional feature consisting of a flap 50 integral with or attached to the front wall [0 and folding over section 30 in order to provide concealment of bills or other papers when placed between section 30 and front wall 10. This flap is not attached to section 3!] so that the lateral movement of section 30 is not restrained by this alternate construction.

While the device disclosed and described herein constitutes a preferred form of the invention yet it will be understood the device is capable of alteration without departing from the spirit of the invention, and that all modifications that fall within the scope of the appended claims are intended to be included herein.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

l. A billfold comprising, a front wall, a rear wall, gusset end walls V-shaped in transverse cross-section having opposite edges thereof secured to said front wall and said rear wall, one of said gusset end walls being positioned in each end of the billfold with the apex of the gusset end wall disposed inwardly of the bill receiving compartment formed between the front wall and the rear wall, a partitioning wall disposed in the bill receiving compartment and connected to said gusset end walls along the apices thereof, and means extending from said partitioning wall through the apex of at least one of said gusset end walls and having means thereon to regulate the maximum outward extension of the gusset walls and thereby prevent the same from extending beyond the end edges of the billfold.

2. A billfold comprising, a front wall, a rear wall, gusset end walls V-shaped in transverse cross-section having opposite edges thereof secured to said front wall and said rear wall, one of said gusset end walls being positioned in each end of the billfold with the apex of the gusset end wall disposed inwardly of the bill receiving compartment formed between the front wall and the rear wall, the apex of each gusset end wall being formed with a slot, a partitioning wall disposed in said bill receiving compartment, and a T-shaped extension at each end of said partition wall and received in the slot Of the respective gusset end wall, the width of the narrow part of said extension in the direction of its receiving slot in the gusset Wall being narrower than the length of said slot and the wide part of said extension being wider than said slot.

ROE P. HENDERSON.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,945,188 Gardner Jan. 30, 1934 1,964,461 Gardner June 26, 1934 2,023,144 Miller -1 Dec. 3, 1935 2,068,058 Lewis Jan. 19,1937 2,182,867 Gardner Dec. 12, 1939 2,246,571 Buxton June 24, 1941 2,331,802 Rosenkrantz Oct. 12, 1943 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 199,846 Great Britain July 5, 1923

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US2598982 *May 26, 1950Jun 3, 1952Meeker Company IncStitchless and hidden stitch expansible billfold
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Classifications
U.S. Classification150/140, 150/145, 150/144
International ClassificationA45C1/00, A45C1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA45C1/06
European ClassificationA45C1/06