US 2909203 A
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Oct. 20, 1959 E. G. REAQES COIN PURSE Filed Nov. 8, 1957 ATTORNEYS,
United States Patent Ofiice 2,909,203` Patented Oct. 20, 1959 COIN PURSE Edward G. Reaves, Columbia, S.C. Application November 8, 19757, Serial No. 695,411
2 Claims. (Cl. 15G-37) This invention relates to coin purse construction, the primary object of the invention being to provide a coin purse constructed of rubber or similar plastic material and formed to simulate animals of various types, to meet various requirements.
An important object of the invention is to provide a hollow body formed with a slot through which coins or articles are inserted, the rubber being substantially thick and of a semi-rigid nature, so that the slot will remain closed'under normal conditions to prevent coins and articles contained in the purse from being accidently displaced.
Another object of the invention is to provide a slot or opening for the purse wherein suitable wire members are embedded in the rubber of the body adjacent to the edges of the slot, to the end that the edges of the slot will be normally urged towards each other to normally maintain the slot closed.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which Will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts, hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed. l
Referring to the drawings:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a purse constructed in accordance with the invention.
Fig. 2 is a plan View thereof.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3-3 of Fig. l.
Fig. 4 is a plan view of a modilied form of the invention wherein the body portion simulates a frog.
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 4.
Fig. 6 is a side elevational view of a purse constructed to simulate swine, with a slot formed in one side thereof.
Fig. 7 is an enlarged fragmentary elevational View illustrating longitudinal ribs disposed on the inner side edges of the coin slot.
Referring to the drawings in detail, the purse of Figs. 1 to 3 comprises a body 5 constructed of semi-rigid rubber and hollow to receive articles therein.
Formed in the side of the body 5 is a zig-zag slot 6 which is so arranged that the construction of the slot will present a plurality of contacting fingers 7 normally holding the slot closed against accidental displacement of coins or other articles carried in the purse.
As better shown by Fig. 3 of the drawings, the walls of the slot are curved at 8 so that when the purse is closed, a compartment is provided within the purse for receiving coins or other articles.
The curved walls 8 contact with each other forming ribs 9 from where the walls of the slot diverge providing an open slot 10 to permit the fingers of the person using the purse to spread the slot 6 open to separate the contacting portions 9 of the 'walls of the slot to allow coins and articles to be placed therein.
Embedded in the body portion adjacent to the contacting portions 9, are reinforcing spring members 11, which spring members act to urge the contacting portions 9 of the walls 8, together, to firmly secure the compartment or interior of the purse closed.
In the form of the invention as shown by Figs. 4 and 5 of the drawing, a body portion 12 is provided and constructed of semi-rigid rubber or similar material, the body portion being transversely elongated to simulate a frog.
Formed in the under side of the body portion 12 is a slot 13 which extends longitudinally of the body portion, and at the opposite sides of the slot are provided ribs 14 that tend to urge the edges of the slot, together and maintain the purse closed.
As shown by Fig. 6 of the drawings, a body portion 15 is provided which is also constructed of semi-rigid rubber or plastic material and formed with a slot 16 extending longitudinally of the side of the body portion 15 through which coins may be inserted into the purse, the semi-rigid material of which the body is constructed being such as to permit the slot to open on pressure directed to the ends of the body portion 15, bending the body portion 15. Upon releasing the ends of the body portion 15 it is obvious that the slot will close preventing accidental displacement of coins or articles carried in the purse.
It is obvious that when the upper and lower edges of the body are released, the coin slot will close retaining the articles against displacement.
A key chain, such as indicated at 17 may be secured to the body portion of the purse and alfords means for securing a key ring or keys to the purse for convenient manipulation of the keys.
While I have shown and described a purse as constructed to simulate swine and frogs, it is to be understood that the body portion may be molded or shaped to simulate any type of animal desired, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed 1s:
1. A coin purse comprising a hollow body constructed of semi-rigid rubber material, one wall of said body having a zig-zag slot formed therein, providing access to the interior of said body, and yieldable reinforcing springs disposed in the body adjacent to the edges of said slot adapted to normally urge the slot closed.
2. A coin purse comprising a hollow body constructed of semi-rigid rubber material, said vbody'having a slot formed with zig-zag edges providing contacting fingers, normally closing said slot, and yieldable members embedded in the body adjacent to the edges of said slot adapted to normally urged the slot closed.
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