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Publication numberUS2539302 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 23, 1951
Filing dateOct 24, 1947
Priority dateOct 24, 1947
Publication numberUS 2539302 A, US 2539302A, US-A-2539302, US2539302 A, US2539302A
InventorsFye Ronald L
Original AssigneeFye Ronald L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Angler's tackle box
US 2539302 A
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Jan. 23, 1951 R. L. FYE 2,539,302

ANGLER S TACKLE BOX Filed. Oct. 24, 1947 r I attorney? Patented an- 23, 1951 UNITED STATESPATENT OFFICE ANGLERS TACKLE BOX Ronald L. F-ye, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Application October; 24, 1947, Serial No. 781,869

Thisinvention relates to a flsherman's packingv case fOrcarrying flies, leaders, and the many necessary sundries used by an angler.

The primary object of the invention is the provision of a fishermans packing case which iscompac't but provides adequate space for storage and transportion of all necessary equipment.

A further object of the invention is'the provision of a fishermans packing case made up of aplurality of boxes which are movable in respect to oneanother so that access to the desired box can be quickly and'easily obtained.

A still further'object of the invention isthe provisionof ananglersbox adaptedto be car- 'riedon-the chest of a fisherman and which is supported and constructed-in a manner which will permit the fisherman to utilize both hands when equipment carried by the boxes is desired. A still further object of the invention is the provision of a fishermans packing case which is comparativelycheapand simple of manufacture yet durable andhighly efficient in use and operation.

The numerous features of advantages and the novel features of construction of" the arrangement and parts will be apparent in more detail when the following description is read in the light ofthe accompanying drawings.

Irr the drawings:

Fig; 1 is a perspective view of the case, all of the boxes being shown in a closed position.

Fig; 2 is a perspective view of the case, the parts being illustrated in the positions they assumewheniaccess to the innermost or lower. box is desired.

Rig. 3 is a perspective view of the case, the parts being illustrated in positions they assume when access is desired to the outermost or top box.

Fig. 4 is a sectional view through the case, the boxes being shown in closed position.

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary view illustrating a modified form of the invention.

Having reference now to Figs. 1 to 4 inclusive of the drawings and utilizing like reference numerals and characters to designate similar parts, A is a'rectangular open frame. The construction provides a frame having an interior inwardly extending flange or bottom I surrounded by a wall or flange 2 which is disposed at right angles to thebottom flange l.

The case can embody any desired number of boxes. In the drawings three boxes are illustrated and are designated B, C and D respec- 1.Claim.. (Cl. 220-20) 2 tively. Each box is of rectangular form and slightlylessin size than the rectangle defined by the .wall 2 of the frame with the result, as will hereinafter appear, that the innermost or lower box-B nests within or telescopes the frame.

Each box is substantially identical in construction and comprises a lower end wall 3, an upper end wall 4, opposite side walls 5 and 6 and a bottom 1. Each box is provided with a top 8 which is hinged to the top edge of the upper end wall i by a-hinge 9. When the top is swung to a fully open position, as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3, the top is supported in its elevated open position due to the construction of the hinge 9.

It is intended that the innermost or lower box B be used for dry flies. The intermediate box C is for wet flies'and streamers. The outermost or top box is for fly dope, leaders, and numerous sundries required by a fisherman.

In use the case is carried on the chest of a fisherman and is supported by straps. These straps designated E and F have one end secured in or to lugs H3 and i l arranged in spaced relationship on the top wall or flange of the frame which flange for clearer understanding is designated l2. The straps are of suflicient length so that they'can'extend over the shoulders of the ried by the side walls of the frame at a point closely adjacent the frame body lower end.

The innermost or lower box B is hinged as at l 5 to the bottom wall I 6 of the frame. Theintermediate box C which has its top in abutment with the bottom of the innermost box has its lower end Wall'3 hinged to the lower wall of the box B as at H. The outermost or top box D is hinged to the intermediate box in the same manner in which the intermediate box is hinged to the innermost box. The hinged connection between the intermediate and outermost or top box is designated I8.

The intermediate and outermost boxes C and D are provided with hinged covers 8 similar to that already described.

Provision is made for holdin the boxes in closed, nested or superimposed positions illustrated in Fig. 1. The construction for accomplishing this comprises a plurality of spring catches. Each of the boXes on its top is provided with a pin I 9. The frame top I2 carries a resilient clip 20 provided, with an opening 2| adapted to receive the pin I9 of the box B. The

top wall 4 of the box B carries a similar spring clip 20 for the reception of the pin I9 of-the box C and the box C in turn carries a spring clip 20 for the reception of the pin I9 of the box D. To release any box for swinging movement about its pivot it is necessary to manually release its spring clip 20 from the pin [9 with which it has engagement.

By releasing the frame carried clip 26 the box will swing down into the position illustrated in Fig. 2 to permit access to box B by lifting its cover 8. The boxes will be supported in a horizontal plane due to the fact that the hinge [5 will not permit further movement of the boxes outwardly and downwardly from the frame. This limitation of movement of the boxes is also true of the hinges I? and i8.

If access is desired to the top or outermost box D the locking clip 20 carried by the box C is manually released from the pin IQ of the box D. This box can then swing into the position illustrated in Fig. 3 and access is had by lifting its cover 8.

Should access be desired to the intermediate box it will be understood that this is obtained by releasing the clip 29 from the pin l9 carried by the box C. This box, with the box D beneath it, will swing outwardly and downwardly into a horizontal position so that its cover 3 may be lifted.

It is thought that it is desirable to make compartments in one or more of the boxes. Box B is illustrated as being provided with compartments which are formed by intercrossing division plates 24 extending one way of the box and the plates 25 extending the opposite way of the box. Selection of compartment size would also be desirable and consequently one or more of the division plates would be made removable so that compartment size could be varied at will.

The case can be made of any desirable material. It is thought that either metal or plastic would be the most desirable material but the invention is not limited to the use of any specific material the choice of which would be determined by availability, cost, weight and other variables.

A slight modification of the invention is illus- 5' trated in Fig. 5 of the drawings. In this construction there is the same frame A to which is hinged the box B by the same hinge 55 which will permit the box to swing only 90 degrees in respect to the frame. The modification involves a slightly different manner of hinging the boxes C and D to one another and to the box B. In this instance the lower ends of the boxes are arranged in stepped relationship. The lower end of the box C is above the lower end of the box B and a hinge 26 interconnects them being secured to the bottom of the box B and the lower end of the box C. The box C is limited to degrees of movement by reason of its lower end coming into abutment with the bottom of the box B. The box D has its lower end 3 elevated above the lower end 3 of the box C. A hinge 21 interconnects the boxes being secured to the lower end 3 of the box D and the bottom I of the box C. The box D is limited to 90 degrees of movement in respect to the box C by reason of the fact that the lower end of the box D will abut the bottom of the box C. In all other respects the modified form of the invention is identical to that illustrated in Figs. 1 to 4 of the drawings.

From the foregoing it will be seen that a novel and extremely useful appliance is provided for fishermen. The case being supported upon the fishermans chest the fisherman will have the use of both hands for operating the case and obtaining from the respective boxes thereof the equipment and accessories he desires. The case will always be present with the equipment needed but will by reason of its being disposed on the fishermans chest not interfere with his angling activities.

What I claim is:

In a device of the character described, a frame, a box pivotally connected at one end to said frame and adapted to swing outwardly from the frame, means detachably securing said box to said frame against pivotal movement thereon, a second box superimposed on the firstbox and being pivotally connected to the outer face of the first box, said second pivotal connection being inset from an edge of the first box whereby the second box can swing only 90 in respect to the first box due to abutment of the end of the second box with the outer face of the first box, said abut= ment of the boxes acting to support the second box at right angles to the first box, and means detachably securing the second box against pivotal movement in respect to the first box.


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U.S. Classification220/520, 217/8, 312/199, 190/16, 43/54.1, 312/107
International ClassificationA01K97/06
Cooperative ClassificationA01K97/06
European ClassificationA01K97/06