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Publication numberUS3178784 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 20, 1965
Filing dateMar 27, 1963
Priority dateMar 27, 1963
Publication numberUS 3178784 A, US 3178784A, US-A-3178784, US3178784 A, US3178784A
InventorsCharles Krauthamer
Original AssigneeCharles Krauthamer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Magnetic pocket pencil holder
US 3178784 A
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April 1955 c. KRAUTHAMER MAGNETIC POCKET PENCIL HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 27, 1963 INVENTOR CHARLES KRAUTHAMER W/ April 1955 c. KRAUTHAMER MAGNETIC POCKET PENCIL HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed March 27, 1963 Fifi.

INVENTOR. CHARLES KRAUTHAMER ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,178,784 MAGNETIC PUCKET PENCH HOLDER Charles Krauthamer, 2173 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Filed Mar. 27, 1963, Ser. No. 268,373 1 Claim. (Cl. 24-10) This invention relates generally to devices for supporting writing instruments and the like and more particularly to a magnetized device for supporting a pencil, pen and the like, on a pocket of an article of clothing.

Writing instruments, such as pens and pencils, are usually supported in open top or patch pockets in shirts, jackets and the like, being releasably secured to the edge of the pocket by a metal clip attached to the instrument. It is difiicult to insert the clip over the edge of the pocket and to remove it from the edge when the instrument is needed. Furthermore, the weight of the instrument pulls the material of the pocket out of shape making for an untidy appearance.

It is the principal object of the present invention to eliminate such disadvantages by providing a device for supporting a writing instrument magnetically so that it is not necessary to use spring-loaded clips engageable over the edge of the pocket.

Another object of the invention is to provide a device for magnetically supporting one or more writing instruments that is readily attachable to an article of clothing, such as a pocket of a shirt or a pocket of a jacket.

A specific object of the invention is to provide a bendable metallic supporting plate with a smooth flat surface for releasably receiving and holding a permanent magnet shaped to support a pen or pencil and the like.

Yet another object is to provide a support for a writing instrument that is simple in construction, eflicient for the purposes intended and that can be manufactured and sold at a reasonable cost.

Still another object according to a modification of the invention is to provide a device for supporting a pencil, pen and the like which can be adhered to any object, such as a telephone base, desk, or other convenient location, to provide a metal surface to which a pencil, pen and the like bearing a magnet can be attached and thereby supported for ready access by the pencil user.

For further comprehension of the invention, and of the obiects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.

In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view showing a writing instrument support embodying my invention applied to the pocket of a shirt worn by a user, a pen and pencil being shown in supported condition thereon,

FIG. 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the writing instrument support of FIG. 1 in disassembled condition, a pencil being shown in supported condition,

FIG. 3 is an enlarged front elevational view of the pocket shown in FIG. 1 with the writing instrument support in position thereon, a pen being shown supported in full lines, a pencil being shown in dot-dash lines in supported condition,

FIG. 4 is a vertical sectional view taken on the line 4--4 of FIG. 3, on a further enlarged scale,

FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 3 showing a modified form of the invention that includes the usual auxiliary pencil pocket disposed in the pocket of a shirt and to which a metal strip device has been attached according to this modified form of the invention,

FIG. 6 is a vertical sectional View taken on the line 6-6 of FIG. 5,

FIG. 7 is a top perspective view of the support for the metal strip deviceof FIG. 5,

FIG. 8 is a bottom perspective view thereof illustrating the removal of the adhesive cover,

FIG. 9 is a perspective view showing the modified form of the invention of FIG. 5 applied to a telephone handset base, and

FIG. 10 is a top perspective view of still another modification of the invention in the form of a metal clip.

Referring in detail to the drawings, in FIG. 1 there is shown a fabric dress shirt 10 formed with a side patch pocket 12 open at the top as usual. A writing instrument support made in accordance with the invention and indicated generally at 14 is shown supported on the top edge 16 of the panel 17 of the pocket, with a writing pencil 18 and a writing pen 20 shown in supported condition thereon.

The writing instrument support 14 is formed of sheet metal stock and comprises an elongated rectangularshaped strip 22 of sheet metal folded upon itself providing front and rear plates, 24 and 26, respectively, as viewed in FIGS. 1 and 2. The sheets are provided with smooth fiat outer surfaces 28. The bent-over portion of the strip serves as a hinge holding the front and rear plates closely spaced from each other as shown in FIG. 2. The shape of the support is substantially the same as the shape of an ordinary patch pocket found in a shirt, such as for example, the pocket 12 of FIG. 1 so that the open bottom end of the support as viewed in FIG. 2 may readily be inserted over the edge of the panel 17 of the pocket 12. In order to secure the body of the support against displacement when in position over the panel of the pocket, the plates 24 and 26 are indented intermediate the ends thereof forming recesses 36 and 38, in the plates, respectively, in alignment with each other. When the support is inserted over the top edge 16 of the panel of the pocket 12 and forced downwardly over the pocket panel, the flexible material of the panel 17 will become indented to correspond with the shape of the recesses as indicated at 40 in FIG. 4.

Associated with the metal support 14 for use therewith, there is a permanent magnet or a set of permanent magnets, such as the magnet 42 and the magnet 44. The magnets may be made of any suitable permanent magnetic material, such as alloys of aluminum, cobalt, nickel and iron, or nickel-iron, iron-nickel-alurninum alloys, although any type of permanent magnet would operate satisfactorily. The magnet 42 has a rectangular-shaped body. A pair of metal clips 46, 46 are secured to one surface thereof, the outer surface as viewed in FIG. 3, at the ends thereof. The length of the body may approximate the width of the recess 36 in the outer plate 24 of the support so that the clips 46 are disposed one above the other, for releasably supporting an instrument such as the pencil 18 in vertically arranged position. Both magnets may, of course, be similarly shaped but magnet 44 is shown as having a circular body 48 of a diameter approximating the width of the recess 36 in the outer plate 24 as shown in FIG. 3. A pair of spaced metal clips 54), 50 are mounted on the outer surface of the body of the magnet 44 to enable it to support a pair of instruments, but any desired number of clips may be used. The other or rear surfaces of the bodies of the magnets 42 and 44 are smooth and flat so as to seat intimately on the outer surface of the outer plate 24.

When the magnetic bodies 42 and 44 are mounted in the recess 36 in the outer plate 24, a magnetic field will be formed around the recessed portion 38 of the rear plate 26 thereby drawing such plate 26 toward the front plate thereby clamping the panel 17 of the pocket between the plates and holding it against displacement.

It will be understood that the body of the support need not be recessed and that the bodies of the permanent magnets 42 and 44 may assume any suitable shape. It is also understood that any desired number of permanent magnets may be used, depending upon the dimensions of the plate.

It will thus be seenthat I have provided a convenient place for placing a writing instrument when not in use.

A magnet 25 is provided on the rear plate 26 and will be attracted to the outer plate to further clamp the metal support in the pocket. Referring now to the modified form of the invention shown in FIGS. to 9, inclusive, in this form a regular rectangular pocket 52 formed of flexible plastic material is placed inside the shirt pocket 12' and is supported from the top edge of the shirt pocket. A flexible plastic flap 54 is secured to the body of the plate remote from the top edge thereof. The flap is secured by heat and pressure at its top edge to the body of the shirt. The sides of the flap are cutaway as indicated at 56 and said sides and bottom edge are unatttached.

A metal strip device 57 comprising a pressure sensitive adhesive tape 58 is fastened to the flap 54. This tape has a laminated adhesive cover strip 60. A thin elongated irnetal plate 62 is mounted lengthwise on the tape 58 and secured thereto by pressure.

Associated with the metal plate support 62 for use therewith is the permanent magnet pencil or pen holder 44' which is placed on the outer surface of the plate 62. A pair ofspaced metal clips 50', 50' are mounted on the outer surface of the body of the magnet 44' to enable it to, detachably support a pencil 20, or the like. The rear surface of the body of the magnet 44' is smooth and fiat so as to seat intimately with the outer surface of the plate 62.

In FIG. 9 the tape 58 and supported metal plate 62 are shown fastened to the surface of the front wall 64 of a telephone handset base 66. A modified form of permanent magnet in the form of a-rectangular metal block 68 is. mounted on the metal plate 62. The, block has a round socket extension 70 for supporting a pencil 72.

In FIG. a modified form of writing instrument metal clip support 14" is shown. This form of support differs from the metal support 14 in that the fold or juncture 74 between the front and rear plates 26" and 24 respectively is substantially round and the bottom end edge 76 of the rear plate 24" curves slightly outwardly to facilitate the clipping of the support to the top edge of the shirt pocket.

4 While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire, to secure by United States Letters Patent is:

In combination a device for supporting an article, a permanent magnet, an inverted V-shaped metal body having opposed front and rear plates joined together by a bight portion and capable of seating on the top edge of the front panel of a patch pocket of an article of clothing, said front and rear plates having aligned and opposed depressed portions forming recesses, said permanent magnet being removably mounted in the depressed portion in said front plate, said depressed portions provided with confronting edges dimensioned for clamping the material of the panel therebetween when biased towards each other by the magnetic attraction of the permanent magnet, and a pair of spaced metal clips secured to said magnet and adapted to receive 7 and support at least one article in an upright position.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS FOREIGN PATENTS 77,678 5/54 Denmark.

DONLEY J. STOCKING, Primary Examiner.


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U.S. Classification24/10.00R, 401/131, 2/250
International ClassificationB43K23/00
Cooperative ClassificationB43K23/001
European ClassificationB43K23/00B