US 2728501 A
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Dec. 27, 1955 R. M. HILL 2,728,501
KEY BRACELET Filed Sept. 16, 1953 IN VHN'IYHQ.
ATTORNEYS KEY BRACELET Ruth M. Hill, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application September 16, 1953, Serial No. 38%,540
1 Claim. (1. 224-28) This invention relates to a key mounting adapted to be used on a wrist band or bracelet of the chain or elastic tape type, and in particular an adjustable bracelet having a band with a plate therein and with a key holding strap pressed outwardly therefrom, and an elastic strap, such as a hat band, secured to the plate at one end and having means for retaining a key on the opposite or extended end.
The purpose of this invention is to provide means for retaining a key on a bracelet whereby the key is accessible continuously.
Various types of devices have been provided for holding keys pockets, handbags, and other devices, however, in devices of this type it is sometimes difficult to remove a key from a pocket and it is also difiicult to locate a key in a handbag. With this thought in mind this invention contemplates means for retaining a key in position upon a wrist whereby it is always in position for use and whereby it is only necessary to withdraw a key and insert it in a keyhole in order to use the key, particularly when time is essential.
The object of this invention is, therefore, to provide means for forming a bracelet whereby a key may be retained therein.
Another object of the invention is to provide a key holding bracelet in which the key may be used without being detached from the bracelet.
A further object of the invention is to provide a key retaining bracelet in which the bracelet is of a simple and economical construction.
With these and other objects and advantages in view the invention embodies a plate having a portion struck therefrom and extended upwardly from the upper surface with clasp receiving openings in the ends and with openings in one side for an elastic strap, a wrist band formed in two sections with clasps for securing the sections to the plate through the openings in the ends and with clasp elements for holding the opposite ends of the sections together, and a key carrying strap having a snap fastener on the extended end and positioned with the opposite end extended through the openings in the side of the plate.
Other features and advantages of the invention will appear from the following description taken in connection with the drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view illustrating the improved key bracelet showing the parts in position for use and showing a key frictionally held on the outer surface of a plate of the bracelet.
Figure 2 is a plan view of the key bracelet with the key removed from the plate and in which the key is indicated with broken lines.
Figure 3 is an end elevational view of the plate of the bracelet with the parts shown on an enlarged scale.
Figure 4 is a longitudinal section through the bracelet being taken on line 44 of Fig. 3.
tes Part Figure 5 is a cross section through the bracelet taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 2.
Referring now to the drawing wherein like reference characters denote corresponding parts the key bracelet of this invention includes a plate 10 having a key holding socket formed with a strap 11 struck from the plate and extended upwardly from the upper surface, with openings 12 and 13 in the ends and with openings 14 and 15 in one side for holding a key strap or chain 16.
The bracelet portion of the device, for which a conventional watch bracelet or strap may be used, is formed with loops l7 and 18 secured in the openings 12 and 13 with fasteners 19 and 20 and secured, at their opposite ends with a fastener 21 which connects the sockets 22 and 23 on the ends of the loops 17 and 18 in a conventional manner.
The key chain or strap 16 is also shown as formed of double strands with a loop at one end extended through the openings 14 and 15 of the plate and with a loop at the opposite end provided with a ring 24 that is secured to a snap fastener 25 in which a key, as indicated by the numeral 26, may be held. The strands of the strap 16 are secured together with clips 27 and 28, however, should the strap be formed of a single piece of material the clips would not be necessary.
As illustrated in Fig. 4 the plate 10 is provided with a slight depression, as indicated by the numeral 29 wherein with a key inserted below the strap 11 the key is frictionally held in position to prevent accidental displacement thereof.
With the parts formed in this manner the sections of the wrist band may readily be adjusted to compensate for the size or" the wrist and with the device positioned on a wrist the key may be inserted in the socket formed by the strap 11, as shown in Fig. 1 whereby the key may be carried continuously or as desired.
When it is desired to use the key it is withdrawn from the socket and used, the key being continuously held by the strap 16 whereby possibility of dropping the key in the grass in the dark is obviated and whereby, particularly with bundles of groceries or other packages held in arms of the user, the key may be dropped after use whereby it will be suspended by the strap 16. After use the key may readily be inserted in the socket.
it will be understood that modifications, within the scope of the appended claim, may be made in the design and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit of the invention.
What is claimed is:
In a key bracelet, the combination which comprises a plate having a raised portion struck therefrom and positioned transversely thereof, said raised portion providing a key holding socket, a wrist band having a clasp therein and having sections attached to the ends of the plate, said plate having a pair of diametrically opposed openings adjacent one end thereof and an elastic strap having a loop at one end extended through said openings in the plate and a loop at the other end having a key holding clasp whereby a key continuously secured to said key holding clasp may be withdrawn from said key holding socket for suspension on said strap.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,566,192 Forrest Dec. 15, 1925 1,599,920 Pryor Sept. 14, 1926 1,962,325 Oldham June 12, 1934 2,078,325 Hallock Apr. 27, 1937 2,079,046 Schoeninger May 4, 1937 FOREIGN PATENTS 807,979 Germany July 9, 1951