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Publication numberUS3609823 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 5, 1971
Filing dateDec 12, 1969
Priority dateDec 12, 1969
Publication numberUS 3609823 A, US 3609823A, US-A-3609823, US3609823 A, US3609823A
InventorsBoots William C
Original AssigneeElectronic Engineering Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable tie bar
US 3609823 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Oct. 5, 1971 w. c. BOOTS ADJUSTABLE TIE BAR Filed Dec. 12, 1969 FIG. 7

FIG. 5


ATTORNEYS United States Patent O T 3,609,823 ADJUSTABLE TIE BAR William C. Boots, Providence, R.I., assignor to Electronic Engineering Company of California, Santa Ana,


Filed Dec. 12, 1969, Ser. No. 884,504 Int. Cl. A41d 25/04 US. Cl. 24-49 CF 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION As is well known, styles in mens ties change from year to year, varying periodically from narrow ties to very wide ones. Currently, many of the ties being shown and sold by stores today are as much as four or five inches wide, whereas a few years ago the ties were only approximately two inches wide.

As a result of this change in the size of the ties, the users of the kind of tie bars or chains that encircle the tie must of necessity purchase such articles for each width of tie. (It is quite apparent that if one is wearing a four inch tie, for example, a tie bar an inch and a half long which would look well on the narrow tie, would not look well on the wide tie.) This entails needless expense on the part of the user, and for this reason a chain tie bar is needed which can be adjusted in length to fit the particular tie and look proper therewith, regardless of the width of the tie.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The main object of the present invention is to provide a chain tie bar in which the span between the ends of the chain when it encircles the tie when worn can be changed in length so that the tie bar can be quickly and easily adjusted to fit the particular tie, regardless of the width of the latter.

Another object of the invention is to provide a tie bar of the above kind, in which the adjustment for the width of the tie may be conveniently made by the user, and when so made stays in the adjusted position.

Yet another object of the invention is to provide a tie bar of the above kinds, which is extremely economical to make, and be made out of stamped and folded parts, thus leading to economy in manufacturing and relatively low prices.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will be in part obvious and in part pointed out hereinafter.

The invention accordingly comprises the elements and combinations of elements, features of construction, and arrangements of parts which will be exemplified in the structures hereinafter described, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawings, in which one of the various possible embodiments of the invention is illustrated:

3,609,823 Patented Oct. 5,, 1971 FIG. 1 shows a portion of a tie, illustrating the application of one embodiment of the chain tie bar of this invention thereto;

FIG. 2 shows another tie approximately half the width of the tie of FIG. 1, showing the same tie bar adjusted for use on the narrower tie;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged top view of the embodiment of FIG. 1 given to show the construction thereof more clearly and in greater detail;

FIG. 4 is a sectional bottom plan view of the back of the FIG. 1 embodiment (with a casing removed therefrom) in order to illustrate in greater detail the working parts thereof;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged sectional end elevation of the FIG. 1 embodiment, taken in the direction of sight lines 55 on FIG. 3;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged illustration of an end portion of the FIG. 1 embodiment showing a mode of construction thereof; and

FIG. 7 is a plan view of one of the adjustable members as shown in the above views.

Throughout the drawings, similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts of the embodiment. The absolute and relative dimensions of certain of the parts as shown in the drawings may have been modified and/or exaggerated for the purposes of clarity of illustration and understanding of the invention. To further assist in under standing the invention, it is pointed out that (subject to the above general statement regarding the relative and absolute sizes of the parts) in the exemplary embodiment as shown, the scale of FIGS. 1 and 2 is approximately /2 of that of the actual embodiment; the scale of FIG. 3 is approximately 1 /2 times that of the actual article; the scale of FIG. 4 is approximately twice that of the actual article; and the scale of FIGS. 5 and 6 is approximately four times that of the article. The scale of FIG. 7 is approximately twice that of the actual article.

Referring now to :FIG. 1, a portion of a tie 2 is shown and attached and encircling the tie is the chain tie bar which forms one embodiment of this invention and indicated generally by numeral 4. FIG. 2 shows the use of the same tie bar but this time with a tie 6 which is narrower in width than tie 2.

Referring now to FIG. 3, there is shown a top view of the tie bar, which comprises a housing 8 made of convenient metal such as brass or a precious metal such as gold or silver, in which are slidable two slide members 10 and 12, the slide members 10 and 12 being made of the same kind of material as is the housing 8. Each of the members 10 and 12 (see FIGS. 4 and 7) is provided with a hole 14 at each end by means of which there may be attached the ends 16 of a length 18 of an ornamental chain.

It is to be noted that for simplicity of illustration the chain 18 is shown merely as a bead chain, and has been illustrated somewhat schematically. However, it is obvious that chains of other configurations, using actual links or combinations of links or beads, and of several different shapes may be used.

The housing 8 is made of two portions, a body portion 22 and a cover portion 24. Both of these portions are, as indicated above, made of brass or some other convenient metal, or the may be made of precious metal such as gold or silver, if desired.

The portion 22 is provided with a groove 26 in one face thereof and extending for the greater portion of the length of the portion. The groove 26 terminates short of 5 6 to lie against the ends of said body to hold the latter 2,603,016 7/1952 Mix 2452X within said cover member. 2,729,866 1/1956 Weinrib et a1 24-49 CC References Cited FOREIGN PATENTS UNITED STATES PATENTS 5 178,763 4/1922 Great Britain 24230 2,082,747 6/ 1937 Anderson 2449 CF 495 7 Vizner 2423() B X Prlmafy Examiner 3 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3,609,823 Dated October 5 1971 Inventor(s) William C. Roots It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

Column 1, lines 3, 4 and 5 should read as follows:

William C. Boots, N0. Falmouth, Mass., assignor to Foster Metal Products, Inc. of Massachusetts, Attleboro,

Massachusetts Signed and sealed this 26th day of March 1972- (SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M.FLETCHER,JR. ROBERT GOTTSCHALK Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents

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U.S. Classification24/66.2
International ClassificationA44B6/00
Cooperative ClassificationA44B6/00
European ClassificationA44B6/00