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l. WlSHNlA LADYS HANDBAG Oct. 27, 1953 Filed July 14, 1950 INVENTOR. wmva iV/JH/W/i Patented Oct. 27, 1953 UNITED PATENT- OFFICE;
,6 0. LADYS HANDBAG Irving Wishnimhleyv York, Y. Application July 14, 1950, S erialNo. 173,142
' 2 Claims. (01. ism-2s) The present invention is directed to ladies handbags, more particularly to a structure there of which enables a plurality. of decorative effects to be obtained with a single handbag.
In ladies handbags as previously constructed,
there was usually provided a pair of side members:
suitably secured together as by hinges with a latch arrangement at' the top for maintaining the bag in closed position. There was also provided a'handle secured to'the top of the handbag or straps of relatively great length adapted to be. held on the shoulder of the user. Such handbags.
have certain decorative effects thereon so as to createindividual styles. It has become customary. ifor the'us'er to wear a handbag having a design, which matches the ensemble worn by the user. For this a separate handbag has been necessary. so that in order to have a complete wardrobe, a relatively largenumber of bags was needed and the expense thereof was quite great.
"Thepresent invention is intended and adapted to overcome the disadvantages inherent in prior structures of the type" described, it being among the objects of the present invention to' provide a ladys handbag ha'ving certain portions thereof detachable and allowing the replacement thereof with similar membersof different design.
Itis also arnongth e objects of the present invention to provide a'ladys handbag with a removable side panel and/or a removable strap or handlewhich maybe quickly andoonvenie fi y replaced hy similar elements.
It is further among theobjectsof the present invention to provide a mechanical structure associated with he s e o il b w whereb pa maybe inserted Wiih eafm a h in'p s t n ush W h.. l .=i 9f h frame? In act cin the Pre en n en t er is provided a handbag of a construction in which there isa pair of side membersin the form of am s a n r ative y la ge o n t least one of these frames, and preferably both, is provided with a, panel of a size and shape corresponding to the size and the shape of the opening in the frame. The inside of the frame is provided with a plate of relatively stiff material which acts ,a S a closure for the'side of thehandbag. A bolt or the like passes through the plate and extends outwardly. The panel has a hole corresponding in position and size with the bolt so that the panel may be slipped over the bolt and nested within the frame. A nut or other element threaded on the end of the bolt holds the panel detachably in position.
There is also provided usually on the ends of one or both of the frames clip members which are fixed tosaid frames. members adapted toxretain an eye so that. itis held detachably therein. 'A strap or handle is secured "to a pair of such loops. By this'construction the-panel and the strap orhandle, may be made of similar material. and of the sarn'ede sign. With eachhandbag there 'is'provifdede plurality of such pairs o'f elements. desiring to have a bag. of certain design to fita. specific ensemble, removes thefipan'e'll by, on threading the nut, removes the strap by'withdrawing the loops from the hooks andrepla'q'es. them with similar elements" of differentdesifg'ri."
In the accompanyingdrawing. constituting a part hereof, in which like reference characters indicate like parts,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a ladyfs handbag made in accordance withithe present invention, some parts being shown broken'away' for asa ness;
Fig. an a fragmentary, vertical, cross-sectional view of one of theside'members' of the handbag taken along line 3-401 Fig.1; and
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a panel adapted to befitted into the side offthe frame.
The handbag consists essentially, of a relatively stiifframe, rectangulariin shape and having "sides and ends I, 2, 3 and 4, A duplicate frame for the other half of the handbag hassidesand ends 1,-8, 8 and 10 corresponding to similarjelenient's on the first-named frame. Eachof the framesis recessed as shown at.5 to form a space which will receive a panel. Plate 6 of relatively stiff mate rial, which may be cardboard wood or synthetic materials; is inserted on the side of the frame adjacent opening 5 andis secured in position as by cementing. It thus forms a closure for the side of the handbag. The meeting edges H, H! and 13 complete the enclosure of the handbag. Hin es arepifovided' atlowermeeting edges and a pair of'latchjmembers l4 and I5 at the top of the handbag are sci red one toeach oi the frames.
T ane I5 i retten e sf n is ecured 'to a base lTof the same shapemade of a relatively sew s p ma e m la i c emt? a; that Q: pi tes. Th face of'panel s ma ave any desired decorative eifects arid may jfor ample, be of fabric with a relatively soft padding at the undersurface thereof. The panel may be secured to the base by cementing or other means. A hole 18 substantially centrally located is formed in both the panel and the base, the latter having a flange 19 at said opening. A grommet These clips havejhook 20 is anchored in the opening and serves to the panel and base as a unit.
Bolt 2| passes through grommet 20 with the head of the bolt on the inside of plate 6 and the shank thereof extending beyond the plane of the side face of the frame. Lining 22 within the frame serves to conceal plate 6 and bolt 2 i Panel I6 is inserted over bolt 2! with the plane of the face 23 thereof in alinernent with the face 24 of the frame. A thumb nut 25 is threaded on the end of the bolt, the diameter of the nut being sufiiciently great to contact a substantial area of the face 23 of the panel,
n the ends of one or both of the frames is provided a clip 26 having hook 21 at the upper end thereof and fixed to the frame as by rivets 28. Loop 29 has strap 30 threaded through it, the end 3| of said strap being stitched at 3| to form a holding means for said loop. The other end of the strap is similarly constructed.
If the user is wearing an ensemble which has a predominantly blue motive and desires a handbag to match, the wearer will use a panel l6 having a corresponding color and design and will use a strap which is of the same or similar design. If the user now is wearing an ensemble having, say, a pink motif, then the handbag may be adapted for such wear by removing nut 25, removing panel 16 and replacing it with a suitable panel having a pink motif. The wearer will also unsnap loops 29 from the clips and insert a stap having the correct motif or design. Thus the wearer for slightly more than the cost of a handbag will have at her disposal a substantial number of handbags to fit a number of occasions. Thereby for a modest cost a complete handbag wardrobe is obtainable.
The essence of the invention is the provision of removable and replaceable covers and handles. In addition, a single frame is provided into which the removable elements fit so as to appear as a finished article with the several elements being integral with the bag. At the same time they may be readily detached and replaced.
Although the invention has been described setting forth a single specific embodiment thereof, various changes in the details of construction may be made within the spirit of the invention. For instance, strap 30 may be attached on the top of the handbag rather than on the ends thereof. Clips 26 may be of different form and character. The shape of opening as well as the shape of the frame may be of any suitable character. In such case the panels will be suitably shaped. Bolt 2! and hole 18' may be dif ferently positioned than shown and the bolt and nut arrangement may be reversed. Base 11 of the panel may in some cases be omitted as well as plate 6.
While, as shown, the handbag is provided with but a single bolt and nut to hold each panel, a plurality of such elements may be used for their decorative and functional effects, and they may be embellished so as to conceal their functional character. The frame may be of wood, metal, shell, plastic or other materials suitable for the purpose, and it may be made in various colors and designs.
These and other changes may be made in the details of the invention within the principles herein set forth and the invention is, therefore, to be broadly construed and not to be limited except by the character of the claims appended hereto.
1. A ladys handbag with detachable panels comprising a pair of side members hinged together at the lower ends thereof, latch elements at the top of said members cooperating to close said handbag, a rigid frame having a relatively large central opening for at least one of said side members, a relatively stiif plate on the inner face of said side member, an outwardly extending bolt anchored in said plate, a separate panel of a size and shape corresponding with said opening having a hole in said panel adapted to receive said bolt, the outer face of said panel being flush with the outer face of said frame, a relatively stifi base on which said panel is mounted, a lining on the inner face of said side member and covering said bolt, a grommet in said hole and fixed to said base and panel, said bolt passing through said grommet, and a nut for said bolt adapted to fit over the outer face of said panel.
2. A ladys handbag with detachable panels comprising a pair of side members hinged together at the lower ends thereof, latch elements at the top of said members cooperating to close said handbag, a rigid frame having a relatively large central opening for at least one of said side members, a relatively stiff plate on the inner face of said side member, an outwardly extending bolt anchored in said plate, a separate panel of a size and shape corresponding with said opening having a hole in said panel adapted to receive said bolt, the outer face of said panel being flush with the outer face of said frame, a relatively stiff base on which said panel is mounted, a lining on the inner face of said side memher and covering said bolt, a grommet in said hole and fixed to said base and panel, said bolt passing through said grommet, said bolt passing through the central portion of said panel, and a nut for said bolt adapted to fit over the outer face of said panel.
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