US 3187396 A
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June 8, 1965 1', CARROLL 3,187,396
LARIAT SLIDE Filed Nov. 2, 1964 INVENTOR.
JOHN T. CARROLL ATTORNEYS .tained in adjusted position along the lariat.
3,187,396 LARTAT SLIDE John '1. Carroll, North Providence, R1,, assignor to The Lorne Company, Inc., a corporation of Rhode island Filed Nov. 2, 196%, Ser. No. 468,256
1 Claim. (Ci. 24-123) This invention relates'to a lariat slide which may be used to vary the'size of the loop of a lariat such as may be placed about the neck of the wearer.
Heretofore, lariat slides have usually had some sort of United States Patent frictioning material such as caulk located within a hollow container which would friction one of the strands of the slide so that it might be held in place and the slide re-' Such slides were subject to limited use because of the wear on the caulk material and were primarily utilized in connection with textile fiber strands of lariat material, metal strands such as snake chains or the like being usually too harsh for satisfactory wear by'such friction material.
One of the objects of this inventionis to provide a slide which will Withstand the wear of metal strands such as metal snake chains or the like for a substantial length of time. 7
Another object of this invention is to provide a simple slide which may be assembled about the strands by mechanical operations.
' Another object of the invention is to provide a resilien material of metal which will friction and sold the strand in adjusted position in the slide. 7
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction as will be more fully described and particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings:
FIG. 1 is a plan view of the lariat showing the slide of this invention mounted thereon;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the slide on a larger scale and illustrating the position of the resilient frictioning member as held therein;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view on substantially line 3-3 of FIG. 2; and Y FIG. 4 is an exploded view showing the three parts of the slide.
In proceeding with this invention, I have provided two sections which form a hollow box-like container and within which there is located a resilient metal member for frictioning a strand from which the lariat is formed. The sections each havea wall from which side walls extend and telescope one within the other so that there is provided either a back and front wall or top and bottom wall with double side walls which lock together by reason of interengaging parts, the whole being of such a character that it may be assembled about the strands which form the lariat or the ends of the lariat may be passed therethrough.
With reference to the drawings; the strand it} which may be a metal snake chain, is formed in a loop having an open center 11 with end portions 12 and 13 extending in substantial parallellism after they pass through the lariat slide designated generally 14. These end portions are provided with tips as at 15 and 16 so that they may not be unthreaded from the slide after passed therethrough.
The slide comprises two sections, one designated 17 and the other designated 18 (FIG. 4). Thesection 17 has a top wall 20 from which opposite side walls 21, 21 extend downwardly. The bottom section 18 comprises a bottom wall 22 from which. side walls 23, 23 extend upwardly. These side walls 23 are spaced a distance somewhat less than the distance between the side walls 21 and telescope into the side walls 21 so that the edges of the side walls 23 3,137,396 Patented June 8, 1965 engage the inner surface of the top wall 20, while the edges of the side walls 21 are substantially flush with the outer surface of the bottom wall 22. Thus, there is formed a hollow structure well-supported against crushing. The side walls 23 are notched as at 24 at either end and receive within them tongues 25 which extend from each of the side walls 21 and are bent so as to lock the side walls in telescope position and leave the assembly with open ends as at 26 and 27 as seen more clearly in FIG. 3. The side walls 21 and 23 are each provided with an arched section so as to provide a concave'inner surface for a purpose which will be presently pointed out.
vThe friction member designated generally at 30 (FIG. 7
which by reason of the fold 31 tends to spring away from the plate 32 so that when the plate 32 is located against the bottom wall 22, the jaw 33 will move by its resilient action toward the top wall 20 of the slide. In
order that the friction member 31) will not slide endwise in the device, the locating plate 32 is arched outwardly as at 34 so as to substantially fit the arcuate inner surface of the walls 23 and lie superimposed on the correspondthe friction member 34 is prevented. The jaw 33 is also arched outwardly to assist in such locating but is of a size so that it may freely move toward and from the top wall 20. The jaw 33 of the friction member may be deilected outwardly as at 36 so that at this location as Well as adjacent its end portion 37, it will engage the lariat strand it) which will pass through the open ends 26 and 27 of the slide. Thusythese portions 36 and 37 will urge the lariat toward the inner surface 38 of the top wall 20 so as to provide a good friction holding of the parts by the slide. r
If it is desired to increase the encircling size of the area 11, it is merely necessary to move the slide 14 toward the ends 15, 16 enabling it to be passed over the head and then the slide 14 may be moved away from the ends 15 and 16 to decrease the size of the encircled metal 11 so as to tighten the same about the neck as desired.
A lariat slide comprising a hollow container having top and bottom walls with side walls extending therebetween and with open ends, through which open ends a pair of strand-like parts may slidably extend, said top and bottom walls having edges with an arched section, said side walls having an arched portion connected to said arched section and extending between said edges, a friction member of sheet stock forming two legs resiliently urged apart, one leg forming a jaw for engaging a pair of side by side strands, said other leg having a part extending into the arched portion of the side walls, said jaw being resiliently urged toward one of said top and bottom walls to resiliently grip a pair of strands between the jaw and the top or bottom wall toward which it is urged and hold the strands in adjusted position.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 707,241 8/02 Knapp 24-1158 2,846,688 8/58 Meeker 2150 2,861,313 11/58 Ruf 24-116 3,075,266 1/63 Gaupp 24-116 FOREIGN PATENTS 10,706 5/11 Great Britain.
DONLEY I. STOCKING, Primary Examiner.
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