US 2487787 A
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Nov. 15, 1949 R. T. BROWN COMBINATION TELEPHONE HEADSET AND HANDSE'I' Filed Feb. 21, 1945 Patented Nov. 15, 1949 COMBINATION TELEPHONE HEADSET AND HANDSET Richard T. Brown, Aberdeen, Md.
Application February 21, 1945, Serial No. 579,132
(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as amended April 30, 1928; 370 0. G. 757) The invention described herein may be manufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes, without the payment to me of any royalty thereon.
This invention relates to telephone handsets and to a headband therefor, and has for its primary object the provision of a convenient and simple means for supporting a telephone handset in operating position without the use of the human hands.
In carrying out the invention, a suitable headband is employed to support the handset at the periphery of the telephone receiver. The headband is adapted to be rotated to a position where it will be out of the way when the handset is reposing on the receiver hook and when it is desired to hold the handset by the human hand in operating position.
Figure l is a top view of the headband constituting the invention;
Figure 2 is a side view of the invention with the headband rotated to a position where it will not interfere with the handset reposing on the receiver hook and where it will not interfere with removal from the clamp sleeve for use in the customary way handsets are used, namely held with the human hand.
Figure 8 is an end view of the invention;
Figure 4 illustrates the invention holding a handset in operating position on the head of a telephone operator 'or other person;
Fig. 5 is an enlarged sectional view of the earphone holding sleeve.
Referring particularly to the above mentioned drawings, there is illustrated a leather sleeve 1 which is slightly larger in diameter than the telephone receiver R. The sleeve 1 consists of parallel leather pieces (which may be integral) stitched together by stitching 29 and 2 I. Between the stitching 20 and 21 and between the parallel leather pieces passes the metal band I, the ends of which emerge as arms 5. Inside metal band i and between the parallel leather pieces is metal band which has one end fixed to band I and is of such length as to allow proper expansion and contraction near meeting ends to provide proper clamping on receiver R. Metal band I is supported at its outer ends by metal plates 22. Metal plates 22 are supported by two metal plates 23 and 24, by reason of the rivet 6 which acts as a pivot whereby plates 23 and 24 may be rotated relative to plates 22 and 23. A resilient thin latch arm 9 is pivoted to plate 23 at 26 and carries a pin 21. The pin 2! acts through a hole in plate 23 and engages the hole In in plate 22 when the headband is rotated counterclockwise from the position shown in Figure 2 to assume the operating position of Figure 1. In such operating position it is obvious that the plate 23 is held in fixed position with reference to the plate 22. It is apparent from Figures 1 and 2 that with the device adjusted as last mentioned, the receiver R is revoluble in the sleeve 1, for adjustment of the mouthpiece or transmitter properly before the mouth of the user, the friction of the sleeve on the receiver serving to hold the handset in the adjusted position.
The base plate is supported by the headband-proper 3 which is a two-member form and consists of metal bands II covered by leather covers 12. The metal bands II are connected together at the plate 25 and at their free extremities where they are covered by a soft protector at I3.
When it is desired to use the handset H Without employing the headband, the headband may be rotated out of the Way as shown in Figure 2. When it is desired to use the handset H without the necessity of holding the same with the human hand it is merely necessary to rotate the plate 23 counterclockwise until the pin 21 drops into hole N). Then the handset H may be worn on the head as shown in Figure 1. To restore the apparatus to the position of Figure 2 it is merely necessary to bend the resilient arm 9 upward and rotate the plates 22 and 23 to the position shown in Figure 2.
I claim to have invented:
1. A headset device comprising a 0 spring headband, a bracket device fixed at one end thereof, an arm pivoted on said bracket to swing in a plane coincident with the normal medial plane of the headband and having an annular sleeve fixed at its outer part on an axis also in said plane, whereby said sleeve may swing with said arm to a position above normal and close to the adjacent side of the band, and movable also to an opposite operative position for listening use, and a finger latch device on the bracket constructed to releasably engageandfix said arm at the last-named position.
7 2. The structure of claim lin which'said sleeve includes a flexible. cushion covering at the inner I side at least, and a G'-spring member surrounding said inner cushion material of a size to clamp yleldingly said cushion material snugly around an inserted earpiece, whereby a, conventional handset earpiece may be manually' sprung into 7 and out of said sleeve and whereby an inserted receiver of a, handset will be held firmly and frictionally in the sleeve adjustable angularly around the axis of the inserted earpiece.
i RICHARD T. BROWN.
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