US 2611251 A
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Sept. 23, 1952 J. GUTH- NONPIERCING EARRING Filed Dec. 23, 1950 INVENTOR. z/L/uf 6a 7' ATTORNEY Fatented Sept. 23,; 1952: I
2,611,251 ,NONPIERCING EARRING Julius Guth, Rockville Centre, N. Y., assignor to Sloan & Company, New York, N. Y., a corporation of New Jersey a Appl ication December 23, 1 950, SerialNo.202,457"
This invention relates to improvements in non-piercing earrings, such as ear clips or rings. Pursuant to the present invention, there is provided an article of jewelry which may be readily opened for application or removal and which tends to stay in closed position under torque spring tension. The article of jewelry made in accordance with the instant invention embodies novel features of construction and assembly which will become apparent as the description progresses, providing unique physical characteristics, and ease of manufacture, assembly and operation.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is an exploded plan view of the parts to be assembled to form an article of jewelry in accordance with the invention,
Fig. 2 is a plan view thereof, in partially assembled position,
Fig. 3 in a plan view showing a further step in the assembly operation,
Fig. 4 is a plan View of the completed article of jewelry,
Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view, taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 4, and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary enlarged plan view of the connector end of the arm I0, shown in Fig. 1.
As will become apparent on reference to the accompanying drawing and description below, the article of jewelry embodying the invention may be of any desired or convenient outline and relative proportions. It may, as shown in the drawings, to illustrate a practical application of the invention, be made to the final form of a generally circular, sectional ear clip or ring. As shown in Fig. 1, the parts used for the fabrication of that form of article embodying the invention comprise the arms II], II having free contact ends I2, I3 to engage the ear of the wearer, and opposite open connector ends I4, I5 of substantially equal diameter, said open connector ends having recessed portions I9, 29. The free ends of the arms are adapted to have closing contact with each other when the article is completed and in operative position. To the same end, they are preferably provided with contact heads I6, II, which may, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5, be disposed at an angle to the longitudinal axis 01' the arms I0, II, and may be of complementary concave-convex form, to obtain a nesting effect indicated in Fig. 5. This specific outline of the contact heads may be varied, as may also their angular disposition with respect to the longitudinal axes of the arms I0, II, or they may be entirely dispensed with, within the spirit and scope of the invention.
2 The connector end I5'of one of the armsfor example, arm IIl-is provided with an extended rim end I8 of lesser diameter than that of the recessed end portion I9 in the other arm II, adapted to be received in said recessed portion to swivelly connect the arms. A shouldered portion 25 is defined by the end l5 of the arm ID at the point of connection of the extended rim I8 thereto. If desired, the arms ID, II may be made of hollow outline throughout, but that is not essential. A spring 28 is provided having loop ends 2 I, 22 to receive the pins 23, 24.
In the initial assembly of the parts above mentioned and shown in Fig. l, the loop ends of the spring are positioned interiorly of the arms I0, II through the connector ends thereof and the pins 23, 24 are inserted through apertures 23a, 23b, and 24a, 24b, in said arms III, II (Fig. 2). The said apertures may be disposed apart or at any other desired arrangement which will permit the pins to pass through one aperture, through the spring end loop, and through the other aperture. The parts may be made of such proportions, as, for example, by tapering the pins 23, 24, and correspondingly forming the apertures to receive the same, that the pins may be wedged or force-fitted into said apertures to preclude accidental displacement after assembly. One of the arms is then rotated relative to the other, as is indicated by the arrow B in Fig. 3, in a direction such as to set up a torque effect which will urge the fee ends I2, I3 of the arms together, registering the contact ends thereof. Then the arms are brought together with the rim I8 of the arm I0 inserted Within the recessed end portion I9 of the arm II, and a third pin 30 is passed through an aperture 30a in the arm II, through apertures 300 in the rim I8, through spring 20, through a second aperture 33:1 in the rim I8, and through the second aperture 361; in the arm II, precluding displacement of the connector ends I4, I5. The article will then be in the form shown in Fig. 4, the contact ends of arms II), II being held engaged under the torque tension of the spring 20. The apertures 23a-23b, 24a-24b, 30a-30c30d30b are preferably transversely aligned, the pair of apertures 3.1a, 38?) being disposed between the pair 23a, 23b and the terminus orendI4ofarmII.
The user may readily separate the contact ends I2, I3 for application of the clip to the ear of the user. The torque tension of the spring 20 will hold the article firmly in place until it is desired to remove the same, at which time the arms may be readily separated for that purpose. Thus, the article of jewelry embodying the invention may be readily manufactured and assembled, and conveniently opened and closed by the user as occasion demands.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
An article of jewelry comprising substantially semicircular arms having inner and outer ends, the inner end portions of said arms being hollow and forming longitudinally extending pockets open at their outer ends, one arm having its inner end portion externally reduced and forming a sleeve rotatably fitting into the pocket of the other arm, said sleeve being formed in op,- posed portions with circumferentially extending slots, pins passing transversely through said arms and through inner end portions of the pockets, a helical spring extending longitudinally in-s'aid pockets and anchored at its ends to said pins, 8'. D n, mount ran e se y th ou h the int fitting portions of said arms and passing through said slots and between convolutions of said spring and preventing separation of the arms and also limiting turning movement of the second arm about the sleeve, and heads at outer ends of said arms disposed for abutting side by side engagement with each other. j V
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