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Publication numberUS3409322 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 5, 1968
Filing dateJun 27, 1967
Priority dateJun 27, 1967
Publication numberUS 3409322 A, US 3409322A, US-A-3409322, US3409322 A, US3409322A
InventorsAlbanese George R, Hall Robert C
Original AssigneeBall & Socket Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pull device for slide fasteners
US 3409322 A
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Nov. 5, 1968 R ALBANESE ET AL 3,409,322

PULL DEVICE FOR SLIDE FASTENERS Filed June 27, 1967 E- Fig.4..

INVENTORS Georqe. R. Fflbancse,

Reba k C. HoM

D6660 M9 NWT/gm United States Patent PULL DEVICE FOR SLIDE FASTENERS George R. Albanese,'Cheshire, and Robert C. Hall, Naugatuck, Conn., assignors to The Ball 8: Socket Manufacturing Company, Cheshire, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Filed June 27, 1967, Ser. No. 649,318 9 Claims. (Cl. 294-26) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This disclosure relates to an ornamental pull attachment for the slider of slide fasteners, more commonly known as zippers. This pull comprises a button member having an eye defined on and extending from the rear surface thereof and a tang member which is so formed that it may be inserted through and locked in the eye. The tang portion further has an upper hook'portion which allows it to be attached to the slider of the slide fastener.

. This invention relates to an ornamental pull for the slider of slide fasteners, and more particularly relates to the technique of attachment of the pull to the slider thereof.

An object of this invention improved ornamental pull for a slide fastener.

Another object of this invention is to provide a new and improved means for fastening or attaching an ornamental pull to the slide of the slide fastener.

A further object of this invention is to provide a new and improved fastener for attachment to the pull of a slide fastener which may be utilized with any eye type button.

The features of the invention which are believed to be novel are set forth with particularity and distinctly claimed in the concluding portion of this specification. The invention, however, both as to its organization and operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may 'best be appreciated by reference to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is an elevation of a slide fastener showing a pull embodying the invention in position on the slider thereof;

FIG. 2 is a rear view of a button having an eye thereon and a fastener extending therethrough;

FIG. 3 is a section seen along line 3-3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is an elevation of a fastener utilized in the invention and showing the fastener in a relaxed position before insertion into the eye of the button;

FIG. 5 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 6 is a section seen in FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 8 is a side view of the connecting device shown in FIG. 7;

FIG. 9 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing still another embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 10 is a side view of device shown in FIG. 9; and

FIG. 11 is a section through a fragmented portion of a button showing still another embodiment of the invention.

A slide fastening device, such as a zipper 12, is secured to webs 13 which are operated to and from locking positions by a slider 14 which has a handle 15 hingedly connected to slider 14 on a projecting portion 16 thereof.

is to provide a new and attachment to the slider of the plane of lines 6-6 of the fastening or connecting I 3,409,322 Patented Nov. ,5, 1968 The handles 15 for this zipper type fastener are formed with an aperture 17 defined therethrough.

A manipulator 18 in one form of the invention, as shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, comprises a button 19 of the common eyelet type having an ornamental front surface 20 which may be formed convex, flat, concave, etc., with any suitable design insignia or ornament thereon and a rear surface comprising a plate-like member 21 which is formed to be locked within turned flanges 21a of the front member. The rear or insert member 21 of button 19 is formed as by stamping an eye 22 thereon which defines a generally rectangular channel 23. Eye 22 has sidewalls 24 extending outwardly from rear surface 21 and a bridging portion 25 extending therebetween. This construction typifies the eye type button which is commonly sewn to an article of clothing. In accordance with the invention, new and improved fastening means are provided in the form of a tang 26 which has a lower portion 27 formed in a loop 31 to a dimension d which is greater than the dimension between rear surface 21 and bridging portion 25. Tang 26 further has an upper portion 28 which is bent back over itself more than degrees to form a hook 29 for insertion into aperture 17 of handle 15. The hook portion is further bent out as at 30 to facilitate insertion of the tanginto handle 15. Tang 26 is formed of small rectangular stock of resilient material, such as spring steel. In practice, a small strip of .020" carbon heat-treated steel has been found satisfactory.

The lower portion 27 of tang 26 is so formed that the loop 31 in the relaxed position thereof is offset from a line L extended from the back 30a of the upper portion by a dimension d When the tang 26 is inserted in the eye upper portion 29 first, the loop 31 is biased outwardly or backwardly from surface 21 by contact with surface 21 and the free end of loop 31 is urged into contact with the bottom edge of bridging member 25 and portion 32 of the shaped elbow 33 is urged against the upper edge of bridging member 25 thus securely locking the tang 26 in eye 22. This arrangement of tang 26 prevents any looseness or play of the tang in eye 22.

In another embodiment of the invention (FIGS. 5 and 6), the tang is so formed that the lower portion 27 thereof has bifurcated arms 35 which are spread apart so that the outer edges thereof contact the lower edges of side members 24 defining eye 22. The lower portion 27 is so formed that the lower edges of arms 35 in the relaxed position (not shown in FIGS. 5 and 6) extended beyond the line L in which the back 30a of upper portion 29 resides. Then when the tang is inserted in the eye, the portion 32 just below the elbow 33 is biased into contact with the upper edge of bridge 25.

A functionally similar construction is shown in FIGS. 7 and 8 wherein the lower portion 27 is formed in the shape of a spade 36 having extending portions 37 which extend beyond the side members 24. In the embodiment of the invention shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, a tang 38 is formed from wire or rod stock with the same dimensional requirements as the previously described tangs and has a generally triangularly shaped bottom portion 39 which coacts with eye 22 in the same way as spade 36 of FIGS. 7 and 8. Again, in the relaxed position, the bottom portion of tang 38 extends over the extended line in which resides the back of top portion 38a.

FIG. 11 illustrates still another embodiment of the invention in which the tang may be formed in any of the manners previously described. However, the elbow 33 is here located in cutout or recess 40 formed in the bridge portion 25 of eye 22 and is biased therein by the spring action of the tang as previously described.

It may thus be seen'that the objects of the invention set forth as well as those made apparent from'the preceding description are efiicientlyattained. Inasmuch as other embodiments of the invention as well as modifications to the disclosed embodiment thereof may occur to others, the appended claims are intended to cover all embodiments of the invention which do not depart from the spirit and scope thereof.

What is claimed is:

1. An attachment for a slider for a slide fastener having a manipulating member with an aperture defined therein, comprising a button having a front surface and a back surface, an eye extending from the rear surface of said button, a tang having an upper hook portion inserted through said eye, said tang having a lower portion of such dimension as to prevent passage thereof through said eye, said tang being formed of resilient material and formed to have a portion with an overall dimension intermediate the ends thereof greater than the corresponding dimension of said eye so that said tang may be inserted through said eye and locked therein by said lower portion andsaid intermediate portion.

2. The invention of claim 1 wherein said tang is a strip of deformable but resilient material, the back of said hook portion defining a substantially straight line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said lower portion being formed into a loop, said loop in a relaxed position extending beyond said line, said intermediate portion being formed to extend from said line a distance greater than the dimension between the back surface of the button and said eye measured substantially perpendicular from the back surface of said button.

3. The invention of claim 1 wherein said tang is formed from a strip of deformable but resilient material and said intermediate portion is provided by forming said strip with a projecting elbow which projects a dimension greater than the dimension of said eye measured substantially perpendicularly from the back surface of said button.

4. The invention of claim 1 wherein said tang is a strip of deformable but resilient material, the back of said hook portion defining a substantially straight line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said bottom portion in a relaxed position extending beyond said line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said intermediate portion being provided by forming said strip with a projecting elbow which projects a dimension greater than the dimension of said eye measured substantially perpendicularly from the back surface of said button.

5. The invention of claim 4 wherein said bottom portion comprises spread apart arms.

6. The invention of claim 4 wherein said bottom portion is formed in the shape of an inverted spade having upper edges which engage said eye.

7. An attachment for a slider for a slide fastener having a manipulating member with an aperture defined therein, comprising a button having an ornamental front surface, an eye extending from the rear surfaceof said button, a tang having an upper hook. portion inserted through said eye, the back of said strip portion defining a substantially straight line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said tang having a lower portion of such dimension as to prevent passage thereof through said eye, said lower portion in a relaxed position extending beyond said line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said tang being formed of resilient material and formed to have an intermediate portion projecting from said line a dimension greater than the corresponding dimension of said eye, said intermediate portion adapted to bear against the inside of said eye so that said tang may be inserted through said eye and locked therein by said lower portion and said intermediate portion.

8. An attachment for a slider for a slide fastener having a manipulating member with an aperture defined therein, comprising a button having an ornamental front surface, an eye extending from the rear surface of said button, a tang formed of rod stock having an upper hook portion inserted through said eye, the back of said hook portion defining a substantially straight line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said tang having a lower portion of such dimension as to prevent passage thereof through said eye, said lower portion in a relaxed position extending beyond said line and adapted to bear upon the back surface of said button, said tang being formed of resilient material and formed to have a portion with an overall dimension intermediate the ends thereof greater than the corresponding dimension of said eye so that said tang may be inserted through said eye and locked therein by said lower portion and said intermediate portion.

9. The invention of claim 8 wherein said lower portion is formed in a triangular shape.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS FOREIGN PATENTS 1,016,063 10/1952 France.

BERNARD A. GELAK, Primary Examiner.

Patent Citations
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Referenced by
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US7404240 *Jul 29, 2003Jul 29, 2008Ykk CorporationZipper pull with cover member
US8714605 *Oct 17, 2012May 6, 2014Zip Me Up Products, LLCAssembly for exerting a force on a zipper and method of use
Classifications
U.S. Classification16/430, 294/3.6
International ClassificationA44B19/24, A44B19/26
Cooperative ClassificationA44B19/262
European ClassificationA44B19/26B