US 316253 A
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F. A. FOX.
GHANGEABLE BUTTON. No. 316,253. Patented Apr. 21, 1885.
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N. PETERS. PlvnluLithographur. Washingivn. II. C.
Nrre STATES FRANK A. FOX, OF NEWV YORK, N. Y. ASSIGNOR TO HIMSELF AND JAMES L.
GORDON, OF SAME PLACE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 316,253, dated April 21, 1885.
Application filed October 20,1884. (No model.)
To aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, FRANK A. Fox, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Oombination Button, of which the following is a full, clear,
and exact description.
The object of my invention is to provide a new and improved combination-button,which can easily be converted from a uniform-button into a button for civilians clothes, and
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in which similar letters of reference indicate corr5 responding parts in all the figures.
Figure l is a cross-sectional elevation of my improved combination-button. Fig. 2 is a face view of the button, the shell being detached. Fig. 3 is a face View of the shell.
The button A,which may be made of metal, metal and cloth, bone, composition, or any other suitable material, in any well-known manner, is sewed, riveted, or otherwise secured to the garment or article B. On the edge of the said button a screw-thread, O, is formed, on which the shell D of a military button is screwed, the said shell having a screw-thread formed on its lower part. An exterior rib or collar, E, is formed on the shell 0 D, directly above the screwthread,which collar, however, may be dispensed with.
The shell is embossed, engraved, or otherwise ornamented in the manner that uniformbuttons are usually ornamented. For example, the names or initials of railway and steamboat companies, vessels, firms, corporations, regiments, &c., or other symbols or signs are produced on the shell.
\rVhen the person having my improved buttons on his suit is on duty, the-shells D are se- 0 cured on the button, and when the person goes off duty the shells are removed, thereby converting the uniform into a civilians suit. Before going on duty the shells are again secured on the buttons, and the suit thus con- 5 verted into a uniform.
Cleaning the uniform-buttons is greatly facilitated, as the' shell can be removed and scoured, cleaned,and polished without soiling the uniform.
I am aware that,broadl y considered, changeable buttons are not new--that is to say, buttons the appearance of which may be changed; also that in various articles of jewelrysuch as rings, ear-rings, &c.covers or shells have been used for concealing diamonds or other precious stones. Such, therefore, I do not broadly claim.
WVhat I do claim is In a changeable button substantially as described, a disk having a threaded edge, combined with a removable covering-shell inte riorly threaded, and adapted to entirely conceal the face of the disk, substantially as set forth.
FRANK A. FOX.
OSCAR F. GUNZ, O. SEDGWIOK.