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Publication numberUS3069539 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 18, 1962
Filing dateDec 17, 1959
Priority dateDec 17, 1959
Publication numberUS 3069539 A, US 3069539A, US-A-3069539, US3069539 A, US3069539A
InventorsRalph Kidd
Original AssigneeRalph Kidd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flashlight holder mounted on a hard hat
US 3069539 A
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Dec. 18, 1962 R. KIDD I 3,069,539

FLASHLIGHT HOLDER MOUNTED on A HARD HAT Filed Dec. 17, 1959 INVENTOR Ralph Kidd 5 11 012: (h, Mam/2011 ATTORNEY United States Parana 3,089,539 Patented Dec. 18, 1962 ice 3,069,539 FLASHLIGHT HOLDER MOUNTED ON A HARD HAT Ralph Kidd, Valier, Ill. Filed Dec. 17, 1959, Ser. No. 860,158 1 Claim. (Cl. 240-60) The invention relates to flashlight holders for hard safety caps such for example as those used by miners. Flashlight holders for hard hats have been patented but require special hat construction.

An object is to provide a flashlight holder made from one piece of resilient sheetmetal adapted to resiliently grip and retain its position upon the cap and readily removable and replaced thereon. Other objects and advantages will appear hereinafter or will be obvious.

The invention consists in the novel construction and combinations of parts hereinafter set forth in the claim.

In the accompanying drawings,

FIGURE 1 is a side view of the invention, as applied to the hard hat, and showing the flashlight.

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the invention.

FIGURE 3 is a front view of the invention as applied to the hat.

FIGURE 4 is a rear view of the same.

Referring to the drawings, the flashlight holder for hard safety caps is made from one piece of spring sheet metal and it consists of an elongated plane flat body 1, having at each end thereof a pair of upwardly extending clasps 2, adapted to detachably grip an ordinary flashlight A pressed downwardly therebetween, said pairs of clasps be ing spaced sufliciently apart longitudinally of said body and having suflicient height to enable the flashlight to be pivotally raised at either end thereof to vary the angle at which its light beam is directed while it is gripped by said clasps, as shown in dotted lines in FIG. 1.

The crown of the cap C is rounded and provided with a middle longitudinal raised rib D, and with a front vertical face having a transverse clip B provided with a vertical socket. Said body 1 has at its forward end a depending elongated extension 3 bent downwardly therefrom at an obtuse angle 4 thereto and at its rear end a short depending extension 5 bent downwardly therefrom at about a right angle thereto, said rear extension having at its lower end a middle recess 8 engaged by said rib D. Said forward extension 3 is of substantially less width and substantially less length than that of said body 1. Said forward extension 3 slidably engages said vertical socket of the clip B, thereby increasing the angle of and tensioning said obtuse angle bend 4, and depressing said rear extension tightly against the top of said crown C, whereby the flashlight holder is caused to resiliently grip the crown of the cap against accidental escape therefrom. The engagement of recess 8 with rib D prevent lateral or transverse movement of the flashlight holder upon the crown of the cap. Said rear extension 5 has a rounded lower edge 7 conforming to the rounded top of the crown C of the cap against which it fits.

In the application of the flashlight holder to the hard cap, said rear extension 5 is at its lower end abutted against the top of the cap and said forward extension 3 entered within the socket of said clip B. The holder be ing then pressed downwardly will pivot upon said rear extension where it contacts the top of the cap and said forward extension 3 will slide home within the socket of said clip, and said body I will contact the top of the cap, as in FIG. 1, to limit said movement. Said obtuse angle bend 4 will be simultaneously increased and tensioned and said rear extension 5 pressed tightly against the top of the cap.

Due to the aforesaid, the flashlight holder and the flashlight are securely held to the cap against accidental escape therefrom, by the use of simple means capable of economical manufacture, and the need for expensive hat construction is dispensed with. The two pairs of clasps for the flashlight being spaced apart from each other longitudinally of said body, the on and off switch E of the flashlight is readily accessible.

The right is reserved to modifications coming within the scope of the claim.

I claim:

The combination with a hard safety cap the crown of which is rounded and provided with a vertical front face and a middle longitudinal raised narrow rib, said front face having a transverse clip provided with a vertical socket, of a flashlight holder made from one piece of resilient sheet metal and comprising an elongated flat body having two pairs of upwardly bent clasps and a flashlight mounted therein, said body having at its forward end a depending elongated extension bent downwardly therefrom at an obtuse angle thereto and at its rear end a short depending extension bent downwardly thereform at about a right angle thereto, said rear extension having at its lower end a middle recess engaged by said longitudinal rib, said forward extension being of substantially less width and substantially less length than that of said body, said forward extension slidably engaging said vertical socket, thereby simultaneously increasing the angle of and tensioning said obtuse angle bend and depressing said rear extension tightly against the top of said crown,

whereby said holder is caused to resiliently grip the crown of said cap against escape therefrom.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 691,623 Harris Jan. 21, 1902 803,819 Getz Nov. 7, 1905 1,055,746 Hirsch Mar. 11, 1913 1,222,458 Peterson Apr. 10, 1917 1,319,997 Galloway et al. Oct. 28, 1919 1,454,034 Barnstable May 8, 1923 1,689,090 Watkins Oct. 23, 1928 1,749,998 Collins Mar. 11, 1930 1,821,305 Hauenstein Sept. 1, 1931 2,421,643 Ostli June 3, 1947 2,765,398 Mays Oct. 2, 1956

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/106, 24/3.11, 24/3.12, 248/316.7
International ClassificationF21V21/08, F21V21/084, A42B3/04
Cooperative ClassificationF21L15/14, A42B3/044
European ClassificationF21L15/14, A42B3/04B6B