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Publication numberUS3466668 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 16, 1969
Filing dateOct 10, 1967
Priority dateOct 13, 1966
Publication numberUS 3466668 A, US 3466668A, US-A-3466668, US3466668 A, US3466668A
InventorsYoriyasu Ochiai
Original AssigneeYoriyasu Ochiai
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Belt and buckle
US 3466668 A
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Sept. 16, 1969 YORIYASU OCHIAI BELT AND BUCKLE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Oct. 10. 1967 l NVENTOR y'o r/yasu Och/'a/ Sept. 16, 1969 Y YORIYASU Och-um 3, ,5

BELT AND BUCKLE Filed 001.. 10. 1967 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR ,,-yasu baw- BY Same 'ATTUIW 5' United States Patent BELT AND BUCKLE Yoriyasu Ochiai, 5-14 Ryogoku 3-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan Filed Oct. 10, 1967, Ser. No. 674,281 Claims priority, application Japan, Oct. 13, 1966, 41/94,878

Int. Cl. A41f 9/00 US. Cl. 2322 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A band in the form of a belt for fastening clothing on a person, the band being provided with a buckle which permits free and optional adjustment of the band by a simple adjusting operation, the band being completely free from accidental loosening. The end of the belt 'is adapted to be inserted into a portion of the buckle and clamped in position in the buckle by a movable member carrying pawls or clicks adapted to engage the belt and wedge the belt against the portion of the buckle receiving the end of the belt.

The present invention relates to a band or belt device for fastening clothing on a person and more particularly to a band of the type in which the band is inserted in a buckle and the back face of the band is clamped by a clasp of the buckle so as to prevent slipping of the band. There have conventionally been available the bands of a type in which a tongue of the clasp is inserted into one of the holes formed in the belt, or a type in which loosening of the belt is arrested by frictional resistance produced between the clasp and the belt. However, the band of the former type, which may be free from accidental loosening, is inevitably provided with the holes formed at regular intervals since it is unseemly to provide such holes in a close arrangement to each other, so that such band presents quite an unsatisfactory situation in respect of adjustment of the belt for individual users. While, the band of the latter type is likely to produce casual loosening while in use and also the part of the belt where it is contacted with the clasp is gradually abraded.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a band for fastening clothing which permits free and optional adjustment of the band with simple adjusting operation and which is completely free from" accidental loosening. 7

It is another object of the invention to provide a belt ice along the line 7-7 of FIG. 6;

FIGURE 8 is a longitudinal sectional view showing another embodiment of the belt of the present invention;

FIGURE 9 is a longitudinal sectional view showing an embodiment of the belt of the present invention laminated with a core leather partly provided with a dent;

FIGURE 10 is a longitudinal sectional view of a slide-arresting piece adapted to be embedded in the dent of FIG. 9;

FIGURE 11 is a longitudinal sectional view showing a condition in which the slide-arresting piece is embedded in the dent;

FIGURE 12 is a longitudinal sectional view showing another embodiment of the belt according to the present invention;

FIGURE 13 is a longitudinal sectional view showing a condition in which the belt is inserted and fastened in the clasp of FIG. 1; and

FIGURE 14 is a longitudinal sectional view showing a condition in which a belt of a conventional type is inserted and fastened in the clasp of FIG. 1.

The invention will now be explained by following the accompanying drawings. The fastening band of the present invention, which is indicated generally by the numerical sign, 20, comprises a belt 30 and a buckle 40. The buckle 40 is provided with a belt receiving inlet port 22 and the lugs 26, 27 of a movable member 25 are externally mounted on both sides 23, 24 of said buckle 40 in such manner that said lugs 26, 27 are rotatably secured to said sides 23, 24, respectively, of the buckle 40 by a shaft 28. The shaft 28 is provided with one or more clicks or pawls 29 which are received in the click engaging ribbed part 31 of the belt by the operation of a plate-like movable member 25, as discussed later. At the opposite end of the belt receiving port 22 is pivotally coupled a belt connecting metal fitting 32 to which the other end of the belt is secured.

Referring to FIG. 3, it shows another embodiment of the buckle of the present invention in which the pivoted lug elements 46 integral to the click operating member 25 clasp which perfectly holds in check the belt when fas'tened on the body, with no fear of accidental loosening, and which permits easy insertion or undoing of the belt.

It is still another object of the invention to provide a band for fastening clothing which, after having been inserted in the buckle, remains completely free from any accidental loosening or any damage to the belt.

The novel features and structure of the present invention will become clear from the following descriptions and the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a detached perspective view showing in detail the tip of the belt preparatory to being inserted into the buckle according to the present invention;

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view showing in detail the movable member of the buckle clasp shown in FIG. 1;

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view showing another embodiment of the buckle clasp;

FIGURE 4 is a side view of the buckle of FIG. 3, showing a condition in which the holder operating piece is raised;

are placed externally on both sides 43, 44 of the buckle body 60 provided with a belt receiving port 42, and said elements 46 are pivotally secured, by means of pins 48 in an eccentric position on a movable shaft 47 spanned across and within the body 60. The movable shaft 47 is provided with a click or pawls members 49 which is engaged with the belt 30, and on both sides 43, 44 of the body 60, there are formed the hook-shaped recesses 51 for receiving therein the lugs 50 provided at both side edges of said click member 49. As in the case with the previous embodiment, there is provided at the opposite end of the belt receiving port 42 a belt connecting metal fitting 53 to which the other end of the belt is secured.

The belt 30 either has bonded near the end thereof a flexible material having a zigzag or jagged configuration in section, or has formed near the end thereof a zigzag or jagged portion having ductility, of which the respective embodiments are shown in FIGS. 6 to 12.

FIG. 6 shows an embodiment in which a pectinated slide-arresting piece 31 made of synthetic resin is pasted near one end of the belt. FIG. 8 shows another embodiment in which one end of the belt is permeated with synthetic resin and then formed with a pectination. In FIGS. 9 and 12 are shown still other embodiments. The belt shown in FIG. 9 is composed by laminating a core leather 35 formed with a dent 34 onto the core leather 33 of the belt, with a jagged or zigzag-surfaced slidearresting piece 31 adapted to be embedded in said dent 34. It is also so arranged that the top 36 of the jagged or zigzag formation will not protrude above the face 35 forming the back side of the belt. In this embodiment, two pieces of belt leather are pasted together and these core leathers 33, 35 concurrently serve as the front dressing leather and the back dressing leather, respectively.

The embodiment shown in FIG. 12 is provided with a front dressing leather 37 and a back dressing leather 38 which are respectively pasted or sewed to the core leathers 33, 35. In this embodiment, since the crests 36 of the slide-arresting piece 31 are arranged so as not to protrude above the face 35 forming the back of the belt, the insertion or extraction of the belt into or out of the buckle can be smoothly conducted without any hitching.

Now, the manner in which the present band for fastening clothing is practically used will be explained with reference to FIGS. 1, 2 and 13. For inserting the belt 30 into the clasp assembly 40, the movable member 25 is first raised to a position indicated by the chain line in FIG. 13, whereby the shaft 28 fixed to the lugs 26, 27 of the movable member 25 is rotated, causing the click 29 secured to the shaft 28 to open to a position indicated by the chain line. After the belt 30 has been sufficiently inserted through the belt inlet 22, the movable member is leveled down to its original position, whereby the click 29 of the shaft 28 interlocks with the edge walls of the ribs 31 of the slidearresting piece provided in the belt, thus perfectly inhibiting loosening of the belt. It is also possible to easily effect releasing or clasping of the click by a simple raising or leveling operation of the movable member without causing any damage to the belt.

In case of adapting the buckle of FIG. 3 for use in the belt of the present invention, the operational procedure is almost the same as described for the buckle in FIG. 13. First, the click operating member 45 is raised as shown in FIG. 4, whereby in cooperation of the movable shaft 47, the click 49 is opened, and under this condition, the belt 30 is inserted through the inlet 42 into the buckle body 60 and at an appropriate position of the belt, the click operating member 45 is leveled down to the arrowindicated direction, thus allowing the lugs 50 provided on the click 49 to fit into the hook-shaped recesses 51. It should also be noted that since the movable shaft 47 is pivotally supported at an eccentric position by the pin 48, the lugs 50 are finally rested at the terminal bent portions 51 of the hook-shaped recesses 51 so that the click 49 cuts into the back face of the belt 30 to inhibit the belt from getting loose. Thus in this embodiment, once the belt is clasped, the checking click 49 is firmly cut into the belt and the lugs 50 of the click 49 are fitted into the terminal bent portions 51' of the hook-shaped recesses 51, so that there is perfectly no fear of incidental dislocation of the click 49 and consequent loosening of the belt.

The foregoing discussion was chiefly directed to a band composed by attaching a buckle to an end of the belt body having a slide-arresting piece bonded to the back side of the belt. The band of the present invention, however, is not restricted to the particular structure described above; the buckle of the present invention may also be suitably adapted to a conventional belt. The manner in which the buckle shown in FIG. 1 is adapted to a conventional belt will be hereinafter explained with reference to FIG. 14.

For adopting the buckle of FIG. 1 for use in a conventional belt, first the movable member 25 is lifted to the position indicated by the chain line in FIG. 14, whereby the click 29 secured to the shaft 28 mounted between the lugs of said movable member 25 is opened to a position indicated by the chain line. After the belt 30 has been sufficiently inserted through the belt inlet 22, the movable member is leveled down to its original position, whereby the click 29 of the shaft 28 is also leveled down with the shaft 28 and driven into the back face of the belt 30 like a wedge, thus inhibiting loosening of the belt.

. What is claimed is:

1. A band for fastening clothing on a person, said band comprising a belt and a buckle, said belt having transverse ribs on one surface thereof at one end thereof, said buckle having a hollow body with opposed holes intermediate the ends thereof and having hooked shaped recesses at one end thereof intersecting the open bottom edges of the sides of the open bottom of the body of the buckle, a pawl assembly pivotally connected to the buckle body, said assembly including a round pivoted shaft carrying a pawl member in the hollow opening in the buckle body, an actuating device for the pivoted shaft including a plate-like member above the buckle body with depending lugs overlapping the sides of the buckle body, pivot pins extending through openings in the lugs and sides of the buckle body and fixed in the ends of the pivoted shaft, eccentric to the axis thereof, whereby movement of the plate-like member is imparted to the pivoted shaft and pawl member for interlocking the pawl member with a belt extending through the hollow body of the buckle, said pawl member carrying lateral lugs adapted to be swung into the recesses in the sides of the buckle body for interlocking with the edge walls of said recesses.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,067,830 7/1913 Moore 2-325 X 1,408,281 2/ 1922 F ailey 2-322 1,420,604 6/ 1922 Allen 2-322 2,054,840 9/ 1936 Statham 24-2062 2,341,371 2/ 1944 Frank 2-338 2,410,759 11/1946 Saller 2-338 3,112,496 12/1963 Dritz 2-322 3,113,362 12/ 1963 Petruzziello 24-2062 5 JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner GEORGE V. LARKIN, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. XJR. 2-338; 24-2062

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/322, 2/338, 24/DIG.480, 24/578.15
International ClassificationA44B11/12
Cooperative ClassificationA44B11/12, Y10S24/48
European ClassificationA44B11/12