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March 2, 1965 SHIRLEY 3,171,176
MAGNETIC HOLDER Filed July 2. 1962 INVENTOR. ALTON L. SHIRLEY BYd ATTOR NEYS United States Patent l 3,171,176 MAGNETIC HOLDER Alton L. Shirley, 57 Hollybrook Terrace, Cranston, RJ. Filed July 2, 1962, Ser. No. 206,625 Claims. (Cl. 24-12) The present invention relates to a magnetic holder. More particularly, the present invention relates to a magnetic holder for retaining an article thereon.
The magnetic holder embodied in the present invention has particular application as a means for conveniently retaining an article in an accessible place on an article of clothing of the user. As a practical application of the invention, the magnetic holder is shown and described herein retaining an article such as a ballpoint pen thereon. The holder is provided with a fastening element, such as a pin with safety catch, that is adapted to be secured to an article of clothing of the user. Thus the magnetic holder is secured to the users lapel, blouse or other article of clothing and securelyreceives in magnetic attraction thereon the ballpoint pen. The ballpoint pen is thereby effectively retained in a convenient location so as to be readily available to the user when desired. It is understood that other articles may be retained by the magnetic holder embodied herein and that the ball point pen illustrated in the drawings is only one example of such an article.
It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a magnetic holder for retaining an article thereon in magnetic attraction.
Another object of the invention is to provide a magnetic holder that incorporates a magnet therein that is shaped and constructed to concentrate the magnetic flux in an area on the holder that provides for effectively attracting an article to be retained thereon.
Still another object is to provide a magnetic holder that is formed with a shell and locking member between which a magnet is positioned, the magnet being adapted to magnetize the marginal and peripheral portions of the shell and locking member so that an article may be effectively retained in magnetic attraction thereon.
Still another object is to provide a magnetic holder that includes a shell and locking member, the locking member being formed with means for properly locating an article thereon when the article is placed in magnetic attraction thereagainst.
Other objects, features and advantages of the invention will become apparent as the description thereof proceeds when considered in connection with the accompanying illustrative drawings.
In the drawings which illustrate the best mode presently contemplated for carrying out the present invention:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the magnetic holder embodied herein showing a ballpoint pen located in magnetic attraction thereon;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along lines 2-2 in FIG. 1; and
FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the magnetic holder embodied herein showing the component parts thereof. v
Referring now to the drawing and particularly to FIG. 1, the magnetic holder embodied herein is generally indicated at 16 and is shown for use as a holder for a ballpoint pen 12. As will be described hereinafter, an adaptor 14 secured to a ring 16 of the ballpoint pen 12 is held in magnetic attraction by the magnetic holder, and as such the pen 12 is secured in place on the magnetic holder for convenient access to the user. It is understood that other articles may be retained on the magnetic holder without departing from the spirit of 3,171,176 Patented Mar. 2, 1965 the invention, and it would only require that the adaptor 14 be mounted on the other article in some convenient manner. In the present invention the adaptor 14 is secured to the ring 16 as an integral part thereof or may be soldered or welded in place, depending upon the materials utilized. In all cases, the adaptor 14 is formed of a metallic material that is magnetically attractable and in the present instance has a rectangular configuration, the longitudinal dimension of which is proportioned for being received on the base of the magnetic holder 10 as will be described hereinafter.
Referring now to FIGS. 2 and 3, the magnetic holder 10 is shown in detail and includes a housing defined by a metallic shell generally indicated at 18 and a metallic locking member generally indicated at 20. The shell 18, which may be formed of any suitable magnetically attractable material, includes a bottom wall 22 and a peripheral side wall 24 that is integrally joined to the bottom wall 22. Secured to the outer face or surface of the bottom Wall 22 by a rivet 26 is a fastening element 28. The fastening element 28 is defined by a pivoted pin and safety lock construction that is conventional in the art and is of that type that provides for securing of the magnetic holder on an article of clothing of the user.
The locking member 20 includes a marginal outer wall 30 that defines a central opening 32. An annular dejpending flange 34 is joined to the marginal wall 30 and is proportioned for enveloping the annular side wall 24 of the metallic shell 18 in frictional engagement there with.
In order to provide for the magnetic characteristics of the magnetic holder 10, a circular magnet 36 is provided and is adapted to snugly fit within the shell 18 so as to occupy substantially the entire space therein. The magnet 36 is formed with a central opening 38 therein, the central opening not only providing for receiving the inner portion of the rivet 26, but also providing for the concentration of the magnetic flux in the magnet at the. outer marginal and peripheral portions thereof. Thus, when the magnet 36 is located within the shell 18 and the locking member 24 is disposed in enveloping relation around the shell 18, the magnetic flux concentrated at the marginal and peripheral portions of the magnet will act to magnetize the corresponding marginal and. periph- H eral portions of the shell 18 and locking member 20. As
Will be described hereinafter, since the marginal and peripheral portions of the magnetic holder have the great est magnetic attraction, the adaptor 14 will be effectively retained in position at these portions.
Since the outer surface of the magnet 36 does not provide a very attractive appearance, an overlay disc 40 is provided and is shaped and proportioned to fit within the locking member 20 when the locking member is disposed in enveloping relation on the shell 18. Although the disc 40 as illustrated has a plain unmarked outer surface, it is contemplated to form this surface with an ornamental appearance. Thus, the outer surface of the disc 40 may be utilized as an advertising device or may have some descriptive material imprinted thereon. It is also contemplated to form the disc 40 of a plastic material which By providing the nonv is electrically nonconductive. conductive plastic disc 40 in direct overlaying relation with respect to the magnet 36, more effective magnetic attraction is provided for the marginal and peripheral portions of the magnetic holder 10.
In order to properly locate the adaptor 14 on the magnetic holder 10, marginal wall 30 of the locking member 20 is provided with a plurality of raised projections or areas 42 that in effect define an annular raised ring. The raised ring defined by the projections 42 has a diametrical dimension that is adapted to receive in snug fitting relaare eifectively retained in positionby the magnetic force of the magnet 36. The pen 12 when secured to the adaptor 14 may then be, effectively retained in position on themagn'etic holder by simply placing the adaptor 14 in contact with the marginal wall 30, the outermost edges of the .adaptor14 being located by the annular ring defined.by the projections 42. s
f .In use, the magnetic holder may be secured to an article of clothing of the user by simply inserting the pin of the fastening element 28 in the' users clothing and locking the pin in.place by the safety catch of the fastening element. The article ,tobe retained inposition on the holder such as :the pen 12 may be securely mounted thereon by simply placing the adaptor 14 in position on the locking element 20. .The pen 12 may be removed from the holder 19. by grasping itfand exerting an'outward force that is sufiicient to remove the adaptor 14 from the locking member 20. 'After the pen 12 has been'utilized for its desired purpose, it can then be reinserted in place on the holder ltlby placing the adaptor 14 Within the annular ring defined by the projections42 on the locking member 20, While there is shown and described herein certain specific structure embodying the" invention, it will be manifest to those skilled in'the art that various modifications and rearrangementsof the parts may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the underlying inventive concept and that the same is not limited to the particular, forms herein shown and described except insofar as indicated by the scope of the appended claims.
' What is claimed is: i
' 1 In a magnetic holder for retaining anarticle thereon, a shell formed 'of a magnetically attractable materialand having'a bottom Wall and a peripheral side Wall joined to said bottom wall,, a fastening element secured to the outer surface of said bottom wall and including means for mounting said holder to an article of clothing of the user of said holder, a magnet located within said shell and occupying substantially the entire space therein, a disc of nonmagnetically attractable material overlying said magnet and forming an ornamental cover therefor, a locking member of magnetically attractable material mounted on said shell and including a depending peripheral flange thatfrictionally engages the side wall of said shell in enveloping relation, and a marginal portion that overlies a marginal area of said disc, thereby locking said disc in place onsaid magnet, said locking member including a central opening for exposing a major portion of the outer surface oflsaid disc, and means formed, on said marginal portion that is raised with respect to the surface thereof for properly' locating a magnetically attractable element associated With' the article to be retained on said holder.
2. In amagnetie holder for retaining an article thereon, a" shell formed of a magnetically attractable material and having a bottom wall and a peripheral side wall, a magnet looted in said' shell and occupying substantially the entire space therein, a'disc formed' of a nonmagnetically' attractable material and having an ornamental outer face overlying said magnet, and a locking member formed of magnetically attractable material and frictionally engaging said shell for enclosing said magnet and locking said disc therein, said locking member having a central opening formed therein for exposing a major portion of the outer surface of said disc, said locking member further including means formed on a marginal portion thereof that is adapted to properly locate a magnetically attractable element associated with the article to be retained on said holder.
3. In a magnetic holder for retaining a magnetically attractable element thereon, a housing including a metallic shell and a metallic locking member frictionally engaging said shell, at least said locking member being formed of a magnetically attractable material, a magnet disposed in said shell and occupying substantially the entire space therein, said magnet having a central opening formed therein thereby causing the concentration of magnetic flux to be in the marginal and peripheral portions thereof, wherein the marginal and peripheral portions of said locking member are magnetized, a disc of nonmagnetic material overlying said magnet and being locked in position by said locking member, and means formed on said marginal portion of said locking member for properly locating said magnetically attractable element thereon, said locating means being formed as an integral'part of said locking member so as to be magnetized by said magnet andthereby acting to locate the magnetically attractable element that is magnetically attracted thereto.
4. In a magnetic holder as set forth in claim 3, said locating means being defined by a marginal portion of said locking element that is raised with respect to the remaining portions and that is annular in configuration, the
magnetically attractable element being of a dimension to fit within the annular raised marginal portion so as to be closely confined and restricted on both ends by said raised marginal portion. h
5. In a magnetic holder for retaining an article thereon, a metallic shell formed of a magnetically attractable material and having a bottom wall and a peripheral side Wall joined to said bottom wall, a magnet located in said shell and occupying substantially the entire space in said shell, a disc of nonmagnetically attractable material overlying said magnet, and having an ornamental design on the outer surface thereof, and a locking member formed of a magnetically attractable material having a peripheral flange that envelops the side wall of said shell and including a marginal portion that defines a central opening in said locking member, said marginal portion overlying a marginal area of said disc for locking said disc in said shell, the central opening in said locking member exposing a major portion of the outer surface of said disc, wherein the ornamental design on said outer surface is substantially exposed for external view.
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