US 2612135 A
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Sept. 30, 1952 D. INY
BELL WITH ATTACHING MEANS Filed Nov. 14, 1950 Y M m V r m m M d Y B Patented Sept. 30, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BELL wrrri memo MEANS Daisy Iny, New York, N. Application November 14, 1950, Serial No. 195,681
This invention relates to new and useful iinprovernents in novelty devices for variously selective uses particularly on or in connection with an article of footwear, as a babys shoeor the like. v
A feature of the invention is the provision of a pleasingly musical sound emitter, preferably of the tinkle bell type, which may be as readily carried by a shoelace as employed as a ubstitute for, as at what otherwise would ordinarily be the location of, a clasp, button or the like for holding a shoe to proper fit on the foot.
A further feature of the invention is the provision of a device as above, wherein the bell, having the advantages above indicated and those made clear hereinafter, may be practicably fabricated at relatively low cost.
In one aspect of the invention, there is pro-' tinkli'ng' musical sound of a bell will not bev throttled or dulled by the shoelace despite the fact that the shoelace, in .a preferred way of carrying out the invention, passes through the hollow interior of the bell. nection, a 1'eature of the invention is the provision of a plurality of units, one the shoelace, others a pair of bells, and the remaining others a pair of tip enlargements for the shoelace one at least of which is easily securely attachable to and easily deliberately removable from the shoelace, whereby when the shoelace becomes badly worn, a new one as a su'bstitute' forthe old, one may easily have transferred thereto thev bells removed from the old one.
In another aspect of the invention, there is provided a novel and valuable tinkle bell which, at will, may either be used in combination with a shoelace as above explained, or'used as a substitute for a clasp, button or the like for securing a shoe on the foot. In this same connection, a feature of the invention is the rovision of a plurality of units, one a bell pursuant to the invention, and the other a structure for permanentsecurement to the shoe and includinga-pcst-like projection analogous to that of the post element of a snap fastener; with the bell also carrying a formation so shaped that the same provides an instrumentality which, according to the'use to which the bell is at any time put, may serve either as the equivalent of an eyeletted opening for the passagetherethrough of a shoelace, or as In this same con-" the complementary (so hot) element of said snap fastener.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the-objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the rel-lowing description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
' In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:
Fig.- 1 is a perspective view showing a babys shoe equipped with a'beiled shoelace ursuant to the invention, and with said shoelace tied.
Fig. 2 on an enlarged scale shows said shoelace, removed ffc' i'in the shoe; with one of the bells and an adjacent element inustratedelevationally, and with the other bell and an adjacent element illustrated in section. i
Fig. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary showing of parts seen in Fig. 2 at the extreme righte'hand end thereof. g
Fig. 4 is a detail view, being a section taken on the line i -4 of Fig. 5'; for showing one of the said adjacent elementa -as, for instance, the one thereof seen in Fig. 3, but with the same illus- Fig. 4.
Fig. "6 is a perspective view showing a babys shoe the fastening" means for which incorporates a plurality of bells used as hereinabove mentioned in coa-etion a plurality of post-including structures secured to the shoe.
Fig. '7 is an enlarged fragmentary detail sec tion, taken on theline 7*! of Fig. 6.
F Fig. 8 is a section taken'on the line 8-8 of Fig. 9 is a view similar to Fig. 6, .but in regard to an ankle-strap shoe, such, for instance, as might be worn by a little girl.
Fig. 10 illustrates a modification of the shoe last mentioned, with the shoe so designed as to 1 Referring now to'the drawings more in detail,
a tinkle bell pursuant to the invention is desi nated 20: the same, which may be inclusive of a substantially spherical thin metal shell, being illustrated as of the type wherein the contained clapper orstriker is a free pellet 2|, of any suitable material. The bell 20 is also shown as having the conventional arcuat-e slot 22, lying in a plane which is a substantially diametral one and being of a length equal to about half the circumference of the sphere. I
For allowing a shoelace 23 to be passed through the interior of said shell and in thus traversing the shell interior to be well cleared away from the slot 22, the shell has, at points well removed from said slot, a pair of diametrically oppositely located openings 24 and 25. I ':'f v
For preventing loss of the two bells 2i) to'be respectively dangled by the shoelace 23 at the ends thereof, with the shoelace drawn up tight 4 a buttonhole through said end of the strap, as is usual, a bell 20, employed in coaction with a snap fastener post element (not shown) like the element 35 and a hole (not shown) through the strap like the hole 33.
In Fig. 10, a shoe 4| is shown which has an ankle-strap 42 detachable at both ends, and an auxiliary strap 43 also detachable atboth ends; with here a fastening means, exactly like thatlast described, and in each case including a bell 20. at both of the opposite ends of the strap 62 and I also at both of the opposite ends of the strap 43.
on a shoe 28 having lacing eyelets 21 and then i bow-tied as indicated in Fig. 1, there is a memher to provide a suitable enlargement Eli-at each tip of the shoelace.
At least one of said members 2B, herein shown n when in fabricating the'member 28 said bore is finally formed, any person later desiring to secure the member 28 vdependably to a shoelace need only perform the two steps of, first, teme porarily ,plasticizing said member by heating the same, as-in a home oven, and, next, after inserting a tip of the shoelaceinto the said member, manually squeezing in on the exterior of said member to reshape the bore 29 as'indicateol at. 29' in Fig. 3, for tight grip of'the member 28011 the shoelace concurrently with the cooling of said member down to a temperature at which it solidifies.
In Fig. 6 a shoe 30 is shown 'of the kind which ordinarily is closed by buttoning means; and in this view the usual buttonholescarrying flap is designated 31, and the usual buttons carrying flap or the like is designated 32.- As illustrated in Figs. 7 and 8, however, in lieu of buttonholes, the
part 3| is provided with a plurality of round holes such as shown at 33, these desirably eyeletted as indicated at 34; and, inlieu of buttons, the part 32 is provided with a plurality of snap fastener post elements 35 permanentlysecured, in place such that the posts of said elements may be read 7 its said end portion above ahole '33, theshell of the bell 20 is shown as having a neck formation 36 surrounding the shell opening said outer end portion of said post being slightly bulbous as is familiar in the snap fastener art, said shell being made of a resilient metal, and said neck formation 36 incorporating an out-curled annular subdivision 3?, with, desirably, a plurality of relieving slits 38 extending laterally ofsaid formation at suitably spaced points therearound.
. In Fig. 9 one end of an ankle-strap s9 ofa childs shoe 4!) is shownas carrying a fastening means for the detachable end of the strap, which incorporates, in lieu of a button on the shoe and The shoe 44 of Fig. 11, of a style adapted to a child of more mature age than the wearer of such a shoe as indicated even in Figs. 9 and 10, is shown as including, like the shoe 3| of Fig. 9, an
. ankle-strap 45 openable only at one end, and
there closed, as indicated in the drawing, by fastening means exactly like that described in connection with Fig. 9. 7
Any one of the bells as used in any of the ways illustrated in Figs. 6 through ll, or in analogous ways either on a shoe or shoes or on an apparel garment of any kind, that is, as a captive or fixedly placed button-like musical component of a fastening means, may at any time desired be added to a shoelace to constitute the latter as in Fig. 2 for use of the same as a fastening means inthe manner exemplified in Fig. lso that by such use a plurality of the bells each may serve as a freely dangling musical component of the last-named fastening means.
As already pointed out the inclusion of the members 28 at least one of which ismade as described in connection with the member 28 shown in Fig. 3, makes it possible easily to attach said member dependably to a tip ofa shoelace and also deliberately to detach said member; such detachment being readily performed once the said member is heated, slightly,'but to a temperature higher than that of the atmosphere 'at hottest summer weather. M
With said member detached, it is easy to string onto the shoelace the two bells Elliinallyto lie at the opposite ends of the shoelace; itis then equally easy to remove the shoelace, as when frayed, from the bells, to free the latter for use on another shoelace, or for use in any of the ways some examples of which are illustrated in Figs. 6 through 11; and with the said memberZB detached, also, it is equally easy to equip the shoe 26, with a shoelace, with its bells 2?], and members 23, for repeated tying thereafter of the shoelace as shown in connection with the shoelace 23 in Fig. 1. In the case l'ast mentioned, it is merely necessary, after removing one bell, to thread the shoelace through the lacing eyelets 2 1 as shown inFig. l, then'again string saidremoved bell on the shoelace, and then again attach the said member 28. g i
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims. v v
. Having thus described my invention, what'I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent is: I
1. As a new article of-manufacture, a bell of the kind comprising a slotted generally-globular metal shell containing a free striker; such slot elongated in a plane which is a substantially diametral one relative to said shell, a pair of apertures in the shell one diametrically opposite to the other in a line at a substantial angle 1 posed apertures, said sphere further having a second pair of diametrically opposed apertures,
to said plane, and means adapting the shell for use as a complementary socket element relative to the head of a snap fastener element of the post type, said means including one of said apertures, "said shell having integral therewith a formation incorporating an outwardly projecting neck surrounding the last-named aperture and extending from said neck a laterally curled an nulus.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a bell of the kind comprising a slotted generally globular metal shell containing a free striker, such slet, elongated in a plane which is a substantiallydiametral one relative to said shell, a pair of apertures in the shell one diametrically opposite to the other in a line at a substantial-angle to said plane, and means adapting the shell for use as a complementary socket element relain, said slot extending along a meridian of said sphere and terminating in diametrically opthe axis of said second pair of apertures beand annulus being adapted to engage the head of a snap fastener element of the part type, and
tive 'to the head of a snap fastener element of curled annulus, said annulus having a relieving I slit.
3. As a new article of manufacture, a bell comprising a hollow metal sphere having a slot therepellet fully positioned in said sphere.
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