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Publication numberUS2908057 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 13, 1959
Filing dateJun 5, 1956
Priority dateJun 5, 1956
Publication numberUS 2908057 A, US 2908057A, US-A-2908057, US2908057 A, US2908057A
InventorsBlanco Pauline M
Original AssigneeBlanco Pauline M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Slide fastener actuator
US 2908057 A
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Oct. 13, 1959' Filed June 5, 1956 M. BLANCO 2,908,057


ATTU RN EYS Oct. 13, 1959 P. M. BLANCO SLIDE FASTENER ACTUATOR 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 'Fil ed June 5, 1956 Y A'I'I'D R N EYS 2,908,057 SLIDE FASTENER ACTUATOR Pauline M. Blanco, Newark,'N.J. A plicati -June 5,1956, semi No. 589,392

1- Claim; (01. 24 3) 3 This. invention relates to, a slide fastener, and more particularly to a device for, actuating a slide fastener.

The object of the invention is to provide a slide fastener actuating device which is adapted to beused by women, as when slide fasteners on the backs ofdresses or the like are to be actuated or moved. 4 Another object of the invention is to provide a slide fastener actuatorwhich includes a chain having a hook member on an end thereof for engagement with the slide fastener, there being a body member such as a fanciful or ornamental pin on' the other end. of the chain whereby r Patentedoct. 13 .1959

2, may be worn by a female, and the garment 10 may be provided with a slide fastener or zipper 11in the rear thereof, Figure l. The present invention is directed to an actuating means whereby the slide fastener 11 can be moved up and down. Thus, slide fasteners located on the rear portions of garments are usually diflicult to manipulate but with the present invention the operation of said slide fasteners is greatly facilitated. .The actuator of the present invention includes a chain 12 which has one end connected to the movable slider of the slide fastener 11. The suitable body member or pin 13, is con- I on the inside of the. garment 10, as shown in Figure 1.

when the slide fastener is to be moved, the pin can be manually gripped to movethe slide fastener so that the slide fastener can be moved even when it is located in an ordinarily inaccessible location such as on the back of a dress or other garment.

Another object of the invention is to provide a slide fastener actuatotwhichconsists of a chain, cable or the like, which isconnected to the movable slider of the slide fastener, there being a means on the other end of the chain or cable which can be readily gripped in the users The pin 14 may have a clamp 16 associated therewith, Figure 3, whereby the pin 14 can be readily fastened to a portion of the garment as shown in Figure 2. The chain 12 may be connected to the pin 14 through the medium of-an eyelet 17. For connecting the chain 12 to the slide fastener, a hook assembly 18 may be'provided, and the hook assembly 18 may include a pair of fingers 19 which are mounted on a pivot pin 20, the fingers 19 being mounted for movement towards and away from each other.. One of the fingers 19 is arranged hands so 'as to facilitate up or down movement of the slider.

A further object of theinvention is to provide a'slide fasteneractuating mechanism which is extremely simple andinexpensive to manufacture. g Other-objects and advantages will be apparent during the'course of the following description. I g i "In theaccompanying drawingsj-formin'g a part of this application, and in which likenumerals are used to designate like parts throughout the sa'me;

f Figure 1 is "a front elevational view showing a 'garment having the slide fastener actuator of the present invention mounted thereon.

Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure l, but showing a modified pin or body member on the actuator.

Figure 3 is a fragmentary elevational view illustrating a further modified type of pin or body member on the chain.

Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3, but showing a still further modification wherein a spring pressed reel is connected to the chain.

Figure 5 is a view similar to Figures 3 and 4 but showing a further modification.

Figure 6 is a rear elevational view showing the slide fastener actuator of the present invention being used.

Figure 7 is a plan view of a further modified body member or pin.

in engagement with an aperture 21 in the finger piece 22, and the finger piece 22 is ,pivotally connected to=the slider 24 of the slide fastener 11. The numeral 23-designates the usual meeting portions of the slide fastener,

Referring to Figure 4 of the drawings, there is shown a further modification whereinthe numeral 25 designates a spring operated reel which has the chain 12 connected thereto. Thus, the reel 25 is of the type which insures that the chain 12 can be automatically wound therein.

. p A ring 26 may be arranged on the other end of the. chain Figure 8 is a rear view looking at the pin of Figure 7. V

12 for connection with the hook-members 19. g'

Referring to Figure 5 of the drawings, therev is shown a still further modification wherein the numeral 27 ,indicates the slide fastener of the type which does not have a finger piece such as the finger piece 22 thereon. In

Figure 5, the hook members 19 are connected directly to the slider 27, while a different type of pin 28 may be connected to the other end of the chain 12.

Referring to Figure 6 of the drawings, there is shown the present invention being used for actuating a slide fastener and it will be seen that with the present invention the slide fastener can be more easily'moved up or down even when the slide fastener is located on the rear of the garment.

Referring to Figures 7, 8 and 9 of the drawings, there is shown a further modification. In Figures 7, 8 and 9 the body member or pin is indicated generally by the numeral 29, and the pin 29 may be of the type that includes a plurality of holders 30 that receive ornamental objects 31 therein, and such objects may be retained in the holders 30 through the medium of clips or lugs 32. The central rear portion of the pin 29 is .provided with an indentation or recess 33, and a container or bag 34 is adapted to be seated in the recess 33. The bag 34 may be made of a suitable flexible transparent material such as a suitable plastic, and a portion of the container or bag 34 may be open as at 35. The container 34 is adapted to hold the chain 12 therein, and the container 34 is provided with a cutout 36 whereby a portion of the chain 12 can extend therethrough. A clamping bar 37 may be pivotally connected to the rear portion if tlie pin 29 throughthe'medium of a pivot pin 38, and K the clamping bar 37 can be used for attaching the pin 29 to the ladies garment and also the clamping bar 37 can be used fpr at times retainingthe eontainer 34 in the recess-'33.} In'Fig'ures 7,8, and 9, the numeral}? designates a prong which is' adapted to coact' with a clas I present invention can readily detached from 'the slide fastener so that item be carried-conveniently as 40 whereby the pin may be secured to a garment such as can be removed from the garment and then manually gripped whereby the slider of the slide fastener 11 can be moved up 'and down with ease. Instead of using the pin 1321s" shown in Figure 1, a pin 14 as shown in Figures 2 and 3 can be used. The chain 12 may be connected to the aperture 21 in the slide 22 through the medium of" the hook members 19. The hookmembers 19 can be swung open to the position shown in Figure 3 when the device is being removed from or attached to the slider. However} by closing the hook members 19, for example, as shown in Figure 4, the chain will remain attached to the slider until the hook members are manually moved. The spring opera-ted reel 25 can be used if desired for autornatically retracting the chain 12. In Figure 5 there is shown a further modification wherein a pin 28 is used. Also, as shown in Figure 5 the hook members 19 may be connected directly to the slider 27 of the slide fastener. In Figure '6 there is illustrated the means of-using the present invention whereby the slide fastener located at the rear of the garment can be easily moved. In Figures '1 through 11 there isfshown a further modification. Thus, in these figures a small container 34 of-flexible material maybe used to hold the chain 12 and its associated parts, when the chain is not being used. Thus, by positioning the chain 12 and hook members 18 in the container 34, the container 34 can be positioned in the and the chain 12-can be draped over nie shoulder o for example, in a ladys purse. When thearticle is being used it is highly ornamentalf The present invention can be used with strapless gowns as for example, as shown in Figure 1. The articles or pins can be readily detached from the garments as well as from the slide fastener. The attachment can be used withcother articles of clothing such as boots, girdles, bathing. suitsandthe like. The present inventioncan be Worn as apart of a ladys garment. Instead of using a chain, anytype of cable can be used, Furthermorq the present invention will not accidentally work loose'from' the-slidefastenerr-"In use,

the pair of double hooks. 19 may be. connected to the opening 21 in the slider 22 and then the hooks are closed and the pin, such as the pin 14 can be pulled up to thereby close the slide fastener. then be hooked onto the garment as shown in Fig IQ 2 else the chain can; be'tueked" into the garment. v f


In a device of; the character describedga bodymernher having a rear portion provided with a central recess,

,: a flexible container adapted to ,be seated in said recess; a

recess 3-3 so that the pin 29 can be used as a conventional .pin. However, by removing the container 34 from the recess 33, and removing the chain 12 from the container 34, the hook members 18 can be attached to the slider of the slide fastener as previously described so that the slide fastener can be actuated. The various pins or body members are adapted to be used as manual grips so that the sliders can be. moved. Also, these members can be worn in different positions on the garments so that they will provide a highly ornamental object being Worn on the garments. I

portion of said container being open,,a chain adapted to be selectivel y positioned in said container, said-container having a cutout so that a portion of the chain can extend therethrough, a hingedly mounted clamping bar for selec-' tively retaining said container in said recess, saidyclamp-f ing bar being adapted to be used for attaching the body member to a ladys garment and also the clamping bar being adapted for at times-retainingthe container 'in the recess, and clasp means for releasably securing the 'body member to a garment.

References Cited in-the file of this patent j UNITED sngnas- PATENTS The pin, such as the pin 14, can

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U.S. Classification24/3.13, D11/221, 294/3.6, 223/111
International ClassificationA47G25/00, A47G25/90
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/902
European ClassificationA47G25/90F