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Publication numberUS2518572 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 15, 1950
Filing dateFeb 24, 1950
Priority dateFeb 24, 1950
Publication numberUS 2518572 A, US 2518572A, US-A-2518572, US2518572 A, US2518572A
InventorsGustave Sanders
Original AssigneeColony Metal Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lady's handbag
US 2518572 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

G. SANDERS LADY S HANDBAG Aug. 15, 1950 Filed Feb. 24. 1950 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR GUS TAVE SANDERS AMM- ATTORNEY Aug. 15, 1950 G. SANDERS LADY'S HANDBAG Filed Feb. 24, 1950 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 .Ill


Colony Metal 00., 1110., corporation of: New; York 'New York, N. Y., a

Application February 24, 1950, 'Serial'No. 146,190

This invention relates to ladies handbags and vanity cases.

An object of the invention to provide an attractive handbag of ruggedconstruction made of light material whose component parts may be produced on a mass production basis and which can beeasily assembled'.-- p

According to the invention the bag comprises two frame members'w'hich, by closing upon each other, form the ultimate shape of the bag, While each of said frames has a window aperture into which panels'are inserted. The appearance of these panels may be altered fordecorativelor or-- namental purposes in accordance with style changes in handbags. Associated with said panel members is an assembly of a lining and retaining strips for securing the lining to the respective inside walls of the two framemembers, the lining forming an integral pocket structure between the frames. The panels, liningzand-retaining strips are separately assembled'and thereafter as a unit inserted in the frames to complete the handbag.

The features of the invention will become apparent from the-following detailed description taken in conjunction -with the drawings, in which: I

Fig. 1 is a'perspective view of the closed'handbag with the frames shown in phantom. outline in an open position;

7 Fig. 2 is'a section on tially enlarged;

Fig. 3 is a side elevation, partly broken away on lines 3-3 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 is a side elevation of a panel;

Fig. 5 is a side elevation of a retaining strip member;

Fig. 6 partially enlarged is a section on lines 6-6 of Fig. 5; and

Fig. '7 is a section similar to the enlarged portion of Fig. 2 in which the panel is mounted in a reverse position within the frame. 7

Referring to the drawings, while the specific embodiment shown is rectangular in shape, it is only by way of example since it is intended that the invention may be embodied in bags having square, circular or other shapes.

The main body of the handbag consists of two frames l and H preferably made of molded or extruded plastic material, although other lightweight rigid materials such as aluminum, etc. may be used. Frames I0 and II, which are substantially identical, together form the enclosure for the handbag when said frames are held together by clasp l2. Each frame has end walls l3 and M, a top wall l and a bottom wall It.

the -lines"2' i2 of Fig. l'par- :3 Claims. (Cl/150F428) Window apertures l1 and t3 (Fig. 2) are provided in side-walls l9 and 26 of each frame. Said side walls which are a continuation of the "ma terial of walls I3, l4, l5 and I6 serve as a base in the respective frames for supporting the assembly of the panels, lining and retaining strips. Windows H, I8 cover a substantial surface area of their respective side walls I9, 20:. 7 A"ridge 2| is provided around the insideof each frame at the juncture between outer walls i3, 14,15 and I6 and respective walls l9 and 28 for lending rigidity to the bag while at the same time serv- 'ing as a ledge for the positioning of the lining assembly within said frames.

Into each of windows ll, l8 solid panels 22, 23 may be fitted. The panels may be made of the same material as the frames or'of a different material or surface design, depending upon the type of ornamentation desired. The panels are dimensioned to fit at the respective junctures of the side walls l9 and 2G and the edge 24 of ridge 2|. On one side of each panel there is arecess 25,shOWni in dotted lines in Fig. 4, for supporting a piece ofcloth or the like 26. Cloth 26 is glued or otherwise fastened to the panel and shows through window 18. panel is constructed so as to have a raised surface 21, whose dimensions are such as to fit snug- 1y within the window aperture IS in the event that it isdesired to reverse the'position of panel 23, as is illustrated in Fig. 7; Thus, if panels 22, 23 are mounted as shown in Fig. 2 theeffect is of a handbag appearing to be made partly'of plastic (frames 10, II) and partly of cloth (visible cloth surface 26 attached to panels 22, 23)

Spaced around three side edges of each panel there are a plurality of holes 28. A lining retaining strip 29 in the form of an inverted U and having its external dimensions determined by the inside dimensions of the walls of the frame members is provided with projecting posts 30 which are positioned at intervals corresponding to holes 28 in the panels. Posts 3!) are not quite as long as holes 28 are deep. The ends of the posts are slightly tapered as at St to provide sufiicient room for adhesive 32 (Fig. 2) that bonds the posts to the panel.

A preformed lining 33 of any suitable material and size for the frames has gussets 34, 35 and a pocket 36 held closed by a slide fastener 31 or the like. Holes are provided along the edges in the lining corresponding to holes 28 in the panels. The gussets form the lining into a closed compartment divided in two by pocket 36. Naturally other pockets, compartmentation, etc. may be provided for carrying accessories,

The opposite face of said- 6pposite sides of the lining are securely clamped between a panel and retaining strip and then this assembly is fitted into the handbag frames as follows:

Strip 29 is placed on a flat surface and one end of lining 33 is placed over the strip with posts 30 projecting through the holes in the edge of the lining. Panel 23 is next placed over the lining with posts 30 registering with holes 28 in the panel. A drop or so of suitable adhesive 32 is next put in each hole and acts to bond the posts to the panel. The same procedure is repeated for the other end of the lining to clamp it between a panel and retaining strip. After the lining has been attached in the above described manner, the panels are secured into their respective frames, as shown in Fig. 2, by means of a suitable adhesive 32 placed between the inside edges of the walls surrounding the windows and the corresponding opposed surfaces of panel 22, 23. Frames l0 and I I are joined to one another along their bottom edges by hinges 38.

If it is desired to fill recess 25 with a decorative inlay of cloth or other suitable material, the inlay is placed into the recess before assembling into the frame. If no inlay is desired, the panels may be arranged as shown in Fig. 7 with raised panel surface 27 facing out.

A bead 40 extends around one edge of frame II and assists in aligning the two frames. A tongue 4| projecting from frame 1 ll is inserted into slot 42 in bead 48 when the handbag is closed and gives rigidity to the structure, particularly when opening and closing the bag.

If desired, a carrying handle or strap may be attached in any suitable manner to the walls of the frame members.

From the foregoing it will be evident that according to the invention it is possible to produce 1. A handbag comprising two frame members;

each of said frames comprising a top, bottom, side and end wall; means for securing said frames to one another; a lining forming a compartment 4 between said frames; in each of said frames a ridge along the inside of the frame at the junction of the Walls to give greater rigidity to the frame; a panel abutting one side of said ridge, said panel having a plurality of holes around its edges; a U-shaped retaining strip adapted to rest upon the other side, of said ridge; projections in-sai'd retaining strip adapted "to be inserted and secured in the holes in the panel, whereby the fabric lining is clamped between the panel and retaining strip.

2. A ladys handbag comprising two rectangular frame members of rigid plastic material; hinges for securing said frames to each other along one edge; each of said frames comprising a top, bottom, side and end wall; a rectangular window aperture in the side Wall covering a substantial surface area of the side wall; a rectangularly shaped panel of rigid plastic material cemented to the inside edges of said window to cover the aperture; a recessed portion in said panel for supporting a piece of cloth or the like; a plurality of holes around three edges of said panel; a U-shaped retaining strip; posts projecting from said strip registering with said holes in the panel; adhesive means for holding the posts in said holes; a fabric lining extending between each of said frames to form a compartment, said fabric lining having holes along its edges corresponding to the holes in the panels whereby the lining is clamped between each panel and its corresponding retaining strip.

3. The handbag accordin to claim 1 and in which said panel has a raised portion adapted to fit snugly in said aperture.


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

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U.S. Classification150/103, 150/127, 150/112
International ClassificationA45C3/00, A45C3/06
Cooperative ClassificationA45C3/06
European ClassificationA45C3/06