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Publication numberUS292412 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 22, 1884
Filing dateNov 13, 1883
Publication numberUS 292412 A, US 292412A, US-A-292412, US292412 A, US292412A
InventorsEdward T. Covell
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Book-mark and pencil-holder
US 292412 A
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E. T. OOVELL. BOOK MARK AND PENCIL HOLDER. v No. 292,412. Patented Jan. 22.1384.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 292,412, dated January 22, 1584.

Application filed November 13,1883. (No model.)

To all whom, it may concern:

Be it known thatl, EDWARD T. OovnnL, a citizen of the United States, residing at New Bedford, in the county-of Bristol and State of Massachusetts, have invented new and useful Improvements in a Book-Mark and Pencil-Holder, of which the following is a specification.

This invention has for its object to provide an improved device which is capable of holding lead-pencils of varying sizes, and to be used as a book-mark or paper holder or clip.

The invention consists, essentially, in two pivoted jaws normally held together at one end by a spring, one jaw having a finger or tail piece projecting beyond the pivot-joint, and curved around into an elastic tubularreceptacle, so that a lead-pencil can be inserted jaws, and to receive a pencil between the jaws at the tubular bent portion.

The invention is fully illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective View of the combined pencilholder and book-mark or paper-clip, and Fig. 2 a longitudinal central sectional view.

Referring to the drawings, the number 1 indicates the-lower jaw, which is flat, and constitutes a base by which the device can rest up on a table or desk, 2 being the movable jaw, 3 the pivot-pin or journal, 4 the perforated ears on the respective jaws through which the pivot-pin passes to journal or hinge the jaws together, and 5 the spring which acts to throw the jaws together at their outer ends, all substantially in the manner as an ordinary paperclip". The jaw 1 has a rearwardly-projecting finger or tail piece 6, and the jaw 2 has a like piece, 7, which is bent around intocylindrical or tubular form, as at 8, which portion is elastic, the longitudinal edge 9 of the bent end be- I of varying diameters or thicknesses.

' ger-piece thus subserves two functions, in that it will receive and retain a pencil or penholder, and also be used formanipulating or swinging the movable jaw on the pivot, to

open the same for receiving oneor more leaves oia book, or for holding papers together in the same manner as an ordinary paper-clip.

The pencil-holder being on the finger or tail piece of the jaw, it will be obvious that apencil or a pen holder can be inserted therein or removed therefrom without changing the position of the jawsthat is to say, if the jaws are grasping and holding one or more papers, their pressure will not be changed by inserting or removing the pencil or pen holder; whereas, in those combined pencil and paper holders composed of twojaws of spring metal joined at one end by atubular bend, if a pencil of a larger diameter than that of the tubular holder be inserted, the jaws will to some extentbe opened or separated, thereby relieving their pressure on the paper or papers between them, which results in the papers becoming disarranged or dropping out, so that such devices are objectionable and inefficient in use. The device is very simple, and can be used as a book-mark by opening the jaws through the medium of the finger or tail pieces, to adv mit one or more leaves of the book, and then releasing such finger-pieces,when the jaws will seize andhold the leaf or leaves. It also provides a desirable clip for office use, in that it will securely hold sheets of legal-cap or other paper when writing or making notes and retain the pencil or pen in aconvenient when not being used.

I am well aware that paper-clips have been made of two jaws hinged together and provided with finger-pieces, and that such jaws have been held together at one end through the medium of a spring; and I am also aware thata combined pencil or pen holder and book mark has been composed of two flat pieces of position the finger-pieces being bent into a tubular pencil-holderhaving a longitudinal free edge, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set I5 my hand in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationB43K23/001