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Publication numberUS2986786 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 6, 1961
Filing dateMay 6, 1958
Priority dateMay 6, 1958
Publication numberUS 2986786 A, US 2986786A, US-A-2986786, US2986786 A, US2986786A
InventorsHill Okay
Original AssigneeHill Okay
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Key ring support
US 2986786 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 6, Q HILL KEY RING SUPPORT Filed May 6, 1958 INVENTOR. /my H/LL ATTE! RN EYS United States Patent 2,986,786 KEY RING SUPPORT Okay Hill, E. 711 Walton Ave., Spokane, Wash. Filed May 6, 1958, Ser. No. 733,435 2 Claims. (Cl. 24-3) This invention relates to a support for a key ring.

The object of the invention is to provide a support for a key ring wherein with a plurality of keys attached to the key ring, the key ring can be conveniently supported on a persons belt or the like.

Another object of the invention is to provide a support which is constructed so that it can be readily attached to or detached from a supporting article such as a persons belt, and wherein the key ring can be readily removed from or attached to the support, the device being constructed so that accidental separation or loss of the key ring is prevented.

A further object of the invention is to provide a key ring support which is extremely simple and inexpensive to manufacture.

Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.

In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this application, and in which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout the same:

FIGURE l is an elevational view showing the key ring support of the present invention attached to a persons belt.

FIGURE 2 is an elevational view of the key ring support, showing the device removed from the belt and without the key ring thereon.

FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3--3 of FIGURE l.

FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of FIGURE 2.

`FIGURE 5 is a sectional View taken on the line 5-5 of FIGURE 3.

FIGURE 6 is a perspective view illustrating the body member.

FIGURE 7 is a perspective view of 'the support member.

FIGURE 8 is an elevational view illustrating a modiied construction.

FIGURE 9 is a View taken at right angles to the View shown in FIGURE 8.

Referring in detail to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGURES l through 7 of the drawings, the numeral 10 indicates the key ring support of the present invention which is shown in FIGURES l and 3 attached to a conventional belt such as a belt worn around a persons waist and this belt 11 is shown in FIGURE l. The numeral 12 indicates a conventional key ring which is used for supporting a plurality of keys such as the keys 13, FIGURE l.

'Ihe support 10 of the present invention includes a support member 14 of one-piece construction, FIGURE 7. The support member 14 includes a first portion 15 which terminates in a lower curved second portion 16 that has tapered or haring side edges 17. Extending upwardly from the second portion 16 is an upstanding flat third portion 18, and the upper edge of the third portion 18 terminates in a curved upper fourth portion 19. Depending from the fourth portion 19 is a fth portion 20, and the portions and 2t) lie in the same plane but have their free edges spaced from each other as shown in the drawings.

As shown in FIGURE 7 for example, the portion 18 is provided with a pair of opposed lugs 21 which are struckout so as to define the openings 22, for a purpose to be later described.

2,986,786 Patented June 6, 1961.

As shown in FIGURE 6, there is further provided a body member which is indicated generally by the numeral 23, and the body member 23 is a separate piece from the support member 14. The body member 23 fits within the support member 14, and the body member 23 includes a rst section 24 which is arranged contiguous to the inner surface of the portion 20. The lower edge of the section 24 is mounted for movement into and out of engagement with the inner surface of the portion 15, as for example as shown by solid and dotted lines in FIGURE 3. This arrangement permits the lower edge of the section 24 to move from the solid line position of FIGURE 3 to the dotted line position of FIGURE 3, as for example when the key ring 12 is to be removed from or positioned in the support.

The body member 23 further includes an upper curved section 25 which is arranged contiguous to the inner surface of the portion 19, and the section 25 terminates in a downwardly extending second section 26 which is arranged contiguous to the inner surface of the portion 1'8. The section 26 s provided with a pair of opposed spaced apart recesses 27 for engagement by the lugs 21 Whereby the section 26 will be securely fastened or attached to the portion 18. As shown in the drawings, the transverse width of the second section 26 between the recesses 27 is substantially equal to the transverse width of the irst section 24.

Referring now to FIGURES 8 and 9 of the drawings, there is shown a modified key ring support which is indicated generally by the numeral 28, and the key ring support 28 is fabricated of a single piece of material instead of being made of two pieces of material as previously described. As shown in FIGURES 8 and 9, the support 28 includes a rst portion 29 which terminates in a lower curved second portion 60 which is provided with tapered or flaring side edges 31. Extending upwardly from the curved portion 30 is an upstanding flat portion 32 which terminates in an upper curved fourth portion 33, and the fourth portion 33 terminates in a downwardly extending lifth portion 34. The free edges of the portions 34V and 29 are arranged in overlapping relationwith respect to each other. When a key ring such as the key ring 12 is to be inserted in the support, the portion 32 can be flexed or moved inwardly away from the portion 29 so that the key ring can be readily positioned in the device. Similarly, by iiexing the portion 34 inwardly away from the portion 29, the key ring can be readily removed from the device. The support 28 is adapted to have a supporting article such as the belt 11 extended therethrough through the upper end thereof.

From the foregoing, it is apparent that there has been provided a support which is especially suitable for holding or supporting a key ring such as the key ring 12. According to the present invention there is shown in FIGURES 1 through 7 a support 10 which is made of two separate members, namely, the support member 14 and the body member 23. These members are connected together by means of the lugs 21 which engage the recesses 27 and this construction permits the lower edge of the section 24 to move towards and away from the upper edge of the portion 15 as for example when the device is to be mounted on a belt such as the belt 11, or when the key ring -12 is to be inserted in or removed from the device. The parts are constructed of a material which has a proper amount of resiliency or springiness so that when pressure is released on the section 24, the parts will return from the dotted line position of FIG- URE 3 to the solid line position of FIGURE 3, whereby accidental separation of the support from the belt 11 is prevented, and wherein accidental disengagement of the ring 12 from the support is also prevented.

Instead of making the support in two pieces as Shown in FIGURES 1 through 7, it may be made from a single piece of suitable material as shown in FIGURES 8 and 9. With the support 28 of FIGURES 8 and 9, the device may have a belt arranged in engagement therewith, and the lower edge of the portion 34 can be flexed or moved inwardly away from the upper edge of the portion 29 so as to permit a key ring to be readily inserted therein or removed therefrom. Normally when no manual pressure is applied to the portion 34, the parts are in the position shown in FIGURES 8 and 9.

The various parts can be made of any suitable material and in dierent shapes or sizes.

The device is provided with rounded corners so that accidental snagging will be prevented, or minimized.

Thus, it will be seen that there has been provided a new and practical device which will facilitate the carrying of keys on a ring. The device is especially suitable for connection to a belt being worn by a person, or else it can be attached to a different article of clothing. The device requires only one hand to release the keys or apply them, and the device cannot accidentally come off of the belt and the keys cannot accidentally work loose from the support. The device is adapted to be made of a strong material and the keys and ring can be readily removed with one hand. The parts can be made of a suitable metal which can be placed, and if desired, it can be made from stainless steel and then burnished. Or, if desired, it could be gold, silver or chrome plated. The device may be finished plain, or a suitable trademark or emblem or monogram or decoration can be added thereto in order to increase or enhance the attractiveness of the device. The device is convenient and safe to use and is compact and neat in appearance and is strong and durable. The parts can be made of spring steel whereby the parts will have the necessary amount of springiness.

Minor changes in shape, size and rearrangement of details coming within the iield of invention claimed may be resorted to in actual practice, if desired.

I claim:

`1. In a device of the character described,'a support member made of narrow strip material and including a narrow rst portion, said rst portion terminating in a curved second portion, said second portion terminating in an upstanding ilat third portion, the upper end of said third portion terminating in a curved fourth portion, a

fth portion extending downwardly from said fourth portion, the free edges of said fth and first portions being spaced from each other, a pair of spaced apart lugs projecting from said third portion, a body member including a rst section arranged contiguous to the inner surfaces of said first and fifth portions, said body member further including an upper curved section arranged contiguous to the inner surface of said fourth portion, said body member also including a second section arranged contiguous to the inner surface of said third portion, there being a pair of opposed spaced apart recesses in said second section for engagement by said lugs, the transverse width of the second section between said recesses being substantially equal to the transverse width of said first section.

2. In a device of the character described, a support member made of narrow strip material and including a narrow iirst portion, said first portion terminating in a curved second portion, said second portion terminating in an upstanding ilat third portion, the upper end of said third portion terminating in a curved fourth portion, a fifth portion extending downwardly from said fourth portion, the free edges of said fth and first portions being spaced from each other, a pair of spaced apart lugs projecting from said third portion, a body member including a rst section arranged contiguous to the inner surfaces of said rst and fth portions, said body member further including an upper curved section arranged contiguous to the inner surface of said fourth portion, said body member also including a second section arranged contiguous to the inner surface of said third portion, there being a pair of opposed spaced apart recesses in said second section for engagement by said lugs, the transverse width of the second section between said recesses being substantially equal to the transverse width of said rst section, the lower end of said first section being mounted for movement into and out of engagement with the upper end of said rst portion.

References Cited in the ile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,295,190 Morrison Feb. 25, 1919 1,304,403 Storch May 20, 1919 1,501,738 Baxter July 1S, 1924

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1295190 *May 12, 1917Feb 25, 1919William N MorrisonKey-ring hook.
US1304403 *Jan 6, 1919May 20, 1919 Stobch and hyman gellman
US1501738 *Dec 8, 1920Jul 15, 1924Covert Mfg CoSpring-tongue snap hook
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US3905610 *Mar 5, 1974Sep 16, 1975Dini John RCombination ski binding strap and ski boot fastener
US4107823 *Oct 3, 1977Aug 22, 1978Siesto Joseph TBelt holding clips, particularly for keys, tools and the like
US6290112 *Jun 5, 2000Sep 18, 2001Morton IverBelt mounted key holder
US20120234705 *Mar 29, 2012Sep 20, 2012Zipwall, LlcPartition mounting systems, partition assembly kits, double-sided adhesive tape and methods of installation and application
Classifications
U.S. Classification24/3.6, 24/601.4
International ClassificationA45F5/02
Cooperative ClassificationA45F2200/0558, A45F5/02
European ClassificationA45F5/02