US 2896890 A
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July 28, 1959 E. F. HLAvAc 2,896,890
BRACELET ATTACHING DEVICE Filed' April 16. 1957 2,896,890 Patented July 28, 19,59
BRACELET ATTACHING DEVICE 'Emil F. Hlavac, Sayville,rN.Y. I Application April 16, 1957, Serial No. 653,113
6 claims. (Cl. 24a-122)' i' This invention relates to devices intended to. assist in attaching a clasp-type bracelet or similar device to the wrist of a wearer.
A problem that has existed for many years has been that of easily and quickly attaching clasp-type bracelets, Wristlets and the liketo the wrist. Since during this operation the hand of the Wrist involved is not available for use, the attaching of the bracelet is of necessity a onehanded proposition. Normally most people are more dexterous with the right hand than with the left; in any circumstance ambi-dexterity is relatively rare, and those people that are not right-handed are usually left-handed. Thus, there is an added problem Where a right-handed person desires to wear the bracelet onrthe right wrist, or where a left-handed person wishes to wear the bracelet on the left Wrist.
An object of the present invention is to provide a novel and improved device by which a person may be greatly assisted in placing a bracelet or the like around the wrist, and clasping the same.
Another object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved device as above set forth, which is exltremely simple in its operation, so that a user may understand the function at a glance, and avail herself of the assistance of the device Without difficulty.
A still further object of the invention is to provide an improved device for assisting in the attaching of a brace- Z able plastic composition, or it may be formed of any other desirable material, such as wood, metal or the like.
In accordance with my invention I provide an elongate longitudinal pocket or recess 16 at one end of the base, such recess being of small height and appreciable width whereby it has an elongate area or cross-sectional shape let, which device is extremely simple in its construction, p
` and economical to fabricate.
A feature of the invention resides in the provision of an improved device as above characterized, which may be readily dismantled so as to occupy very little space when not in use.
Still another object of the invention is to provide an improved device for assisting in the attaching of a bracelet or the like, which device is reliable and foolproof in its operation at all times.
Other features and advantages will hereinafter appear.
In the drawings accompanying this specication, similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts wherever possible in the several views, in which:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of an improved device for assisting in the attaching of bracelets, as provided by the invention. v
Fig. 2 is a front elevational View of the device of Fig. l.
Fig. 3 is a side elevational View of a modified form of the present invention.
As shown, the improved bracelet-attaching device which I have provided comprises a generally at, low base 10 adapted to be supported on a horizontal surface. The base 10 mayv have bevelled sides 11 and 12 to enhance its appearance, and is preferably of oblong or rectangular shape, with an upper surface or rest 13 raised above the supporting edges 14 of the sides 11 and 12,
' said rest being adapted to enable the wrist to be placed on it and being devoid of any up'standing obstructions to the Wrist.
The base 10 may be advantageously molded of a suitwhen viewed endwise. For insertion in and removal from the recess 16 I provide a at, blade-like supporting member 17, formed preferably of a flat metal strip, such member having at one end an upstanding liexible upright 18 formed integral with the member 17 and sloping forward aslight amount from the rear edge 12 of the base 10. At its'iupper extremity the upright 18 has an apertured tip i 20 through which a pivot pinor rivet 21 passes, such pin also extending through the yoke portion of a fork 23 having a pair of spaced straight blades or arms 24.
Preferably, as shown in Fig. 2,v I form the fork 23 by the provision of a V-shaped slot 26, such slot being adapted to receive an end portion of the bracelet, adjacent the catch thereof, when it is desired to attach the bracelet to the wrist.
In accordance with the invention the fork 23 may be pivoted on the tip 20 of the upright 18, as indicated by the broken lines in Fig. 2, and this will enable a user to more conveniently place the bracelet clasp or end in the fork and thereafter remove the bracelet when it has been fastened.
In the use of the device, the user places her wrist across the base 10, and attaches one endof ithe bracelet to the fork 23. The bracelet is then brought forward over the wrist, downward, rearward under the Wrist and then upward, and the clasp parts of the bracelet are joined. This latter operation is greatly facilitated by the pivotal mounting of the fork, and it will be found convenient to swing the fork downward in one direction or the other from the full-line vertical position shown, in accomplishing the clasping of the bracelet ends. After this has been done, the fork is withdrawn from the bracelet sideways, whereupon the operation is complete.
It will be readily understood that by making the upright 18 exible, a greater ease will bevhad lin the above described operation, since it will not be necessary to fully and completely conform the wrist to the base 10 and j upright 18, but instead, the upright 18 may move toward the Wrist, should this be necessary.
The upright 18, fork 23, and support member 17 are preferably all made of metal strip material. When the device as above set forth is not being used, it may be readily dismantled to effect a saving of space, should this be desired, and this can be accomplished simply by withdrawing the supporting member 17 from the recess 16 in the base. v
In the modication shown in Fig. 3 the base 10 is provided with a raised portion 30 preferably made of material similar to the material comprising the base. The raised portion 30 is provided With a recess 30a adapted to receive one end 18b ofthe upright 18a. The upright 18a is provided with a fork 23a similar to the fork 23 previously described in connection with Figs. l and 2.
Variations and modifications may be made Within the scope of the claims, and portions of the improvements may be used without others.
1. A device for assisting in the attaching of a bracelet to the Wrist of a wearer, comprising a generally ilat, low base adapted to be supported on a horizontal surface, said base having av substantially iiat, top supporting surface defining a rest on which the wrist may be placed, said supporting surface and base being devoid of upstanding obstructions to the wrist at and adjoining said rest; a flexible upright, extending` upward therefrom for releasably holding the clasp of the bracelet, said base and upright being arranged to enable the Wrist of the wearer to rest on and against them respectively, and said holding means being disposed'at a heightabove the base approximately equal to the thickness of the said Wrist. f
2. The invention as dened in claim 1 in which the upright is curved and extends over the base.
3. The invention as dened in claim 1 in which the holding means comprises a fork extending in an upward direction.
4. The invention as defined in claim 3 in which the fork is pivotally mounted on the upright adjacent the top thereof. Y
5. The invention asV dened in claim 1 in Which'the holding means comprises a member pivoted on the np-l right and swingable through an arc extending above th upright.
6. The invention as defined in claim 5 in Which the upright comprises a thin, at strip movable in an arc at right angles to the arc of movement of the said pivoted member.
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