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Publication numberUS3613759 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 19, 1971
Filing dateOct 1, 1969
Priority dateOct 1, 1969
Publication numberUS 3613759 A, US 3613759A, US-A-3613759, US3613759 A, US3613759A
InventorsBroughton Douglas J, Collings Dana B
Original AssigneeBuxton Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Purse-carrying strap and frame assembly
US 3613759 A
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United States Patent [72] Inventors Dana B. Collings Springfield; Douglas J. Broughton, Agawam, both of Mass. 21 App1.No. 862,686 [22] Filed Oct. 1, 1969 [45] Patented Oct. 19, 1971 [73] Assignee Buxton,lncorporated Agawam, Mas.


[52] US. Cl 150/29, 150/33 [51] Int. (1 A45c 1/04 [50] Field of Search 150/29, 33; 224/28 R, 28 A, 28 B [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,562,408 1 1/1925 Berkowitz 150/33 7/1933 Hiering 1,998,554 4/1935 Mil1s..... 150/33 3,330,322 7/1967 Frost 150/29 3,354,925 11/1967 Doppelt 150/33 FOREIGN PATENTS 955,687 7/1949 France 150/29 466,612 11/1951 Italy 150/29 Primary Examiner-Donald F. Norton Attorney-Chapin, Neal and Dempsey ABSTRACT: A carrying strap and purse frame assembly having purse frame members pivoted at opposite ends on hinge pin connections and a strap hung on an anchoring element fitted on one of said pins. In preferred form a French clutch purse structure has a wrist strap anchoring element pivotally mounted with respect to the pin, the strap at the user's option being concealable by inserting between a sidewall and an overlying panel section of the purse construction.

PATENTEDum 19 I97! 3. 6 l 3 759 INVENTOR. DANA B. COLUNGS DOUGLAS 3'. BROUGHTON PURSE-CARRYING STRAP AND FRAME ASSEMBLY BACKGROUND This invention relates to carrying strap constructions for conventional types of purses having pivoted frame members on which are hung the upper edges of a pouch of suitable flexible material forming the purse receptacle. Such frame members are commonly of metal, of generally U-shaped configuration, and hingedly connected at their opposite ends on hinge pins. The frame members also have centrally disposed interfering catch elements for releasable snap action in pivotally opening and closing the same on the hinge pin connections.

- The invention is particularly adaptable to smaller purses of the type which may be grasped by the hand for carrying purposes and in a preferred form has special advantageous features when combined with a well-known French clutch purse type of construction;

. In the prior art various and sundry carrying strap arrangements may be found in which the strap is mounted in a great variety of ways. Insofar as is known, however, a carrying strap, preferably in the form of a closed loop for grasping by the hand or slipping over the wrist has not heretofore existed with the strap anchoring element being connected directly on one of the hinge pins of the purse frame and rotatable therewith.

In practicing the invention in its simplest form a strap which may be of the closed loop form is fitted on an anchoring element, such as a small metal ring or hoop, and the latter attached directly on the outer headed end of one of the hinge pins of'the purse frame. Thus, without altering the normal conventional structure of the purse in any way, a carrying strap may be added to the assembly and the strap mounting can swivel with the hinge pin by reason of the rotatable connection of the latter relative to the purse. In an alternative form the purse frame hinge pin may be provided with an enlarged outer-headed end on which the anchoring hoop or ring is itself pivoted on an axis normal to the pin axis so that further flexibility is provided for the strap connection in the manner of -a universal coupling. The preferred form of the invention when incorporated with a French clutch purse as disclosed herein has particular advantageous features. From the standpoint of normal purse construction a single hinge pin requires an enlarged head for pivoting the anchoring hoop. The strap is available for loosely carrying the purse; or by encircling the wrist affords convenient protection against purse snatching" without unduly hindering access to the purse compartments by the person carrying it. And in the event use of the strap is not desired for any reason it may be tucked into concealed position in an unobstrusive manner between the purse walls and the purse used in the normal fashion without regard to the strap.

The objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description and accompanying drawings.

DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a French clutch purse equipped with a carrying strap embodying the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an end'elevation of the purse of FIG. 1 indicating alternative concealed positions of the strap, when not desired for use and tucked out of sight in the assembly shown;

FIG. 3 is a plan view with portions cut away of the side of the purse as viewed from the left in FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view on an enlarged scale showing the purse frame hinge pin connection and the strap-anchoring element attached thereto for swiveling action; and

FIG. 5 is a detail view showing an alternative arrangement for attaching the strap-anchoring element to the hinge pin.

In the drawings a French clutch purse of a common and well-known type of construction is generally indicated by numeral 2. Such purses have been widely available on the market for a number of years and the present invention is illustrated in combination therewith as a preferred embodiment which offers a number of advantageous features as will be more particularly described below. It will be recognized, however, that the novel frame and strap assembly herein disclosed may be adapted for use with other and simpler types of purse constructions.

The carrying strap 4 which may be of a suitable flexible material as leather or the like is here shown in the loop fonn. It is anchored as by the small metal hoop at 6 to an outer enlarged cylindrical head portion of a hinge pin 10 (see FIG. 4) on which the purse frame members are pivoted as will be described. The loop of the strap 4 may be formed from a single strip as shown, the free ends being overlapped and fastened as by rivet 5 adjacent the metal hoop 6 (see FIG. 1).

Pin 10 (FIG. 4) at its inner end is provided with a conventional rivetlike head 12, the pin 10 being rotatable relative to the ends of the frame members held thereon between the enlarged head 8 and head 12. As best seen from FIG. 2 hoop 6 may be suitably pivoted on the head 8 by inserting opposite ends 14 of the hoop into opposing ends of a central through bore of the head. Thus the hoop as a strap-anchoring element is mounted for pivotal action on the head and in turn is rotatable with respect to the frame ends in the manner of a universal coupling. Accordingly, the strap is connected to the frame for a free-swivelling action relative to the purse.

An alternative arrangement for attaching the strap-anchoring element on the hinge pin or purse frame members is shown by FIG. 5. Here, a hoop 60 carrying a strap 40 is fitted on the outer end of a hinge pin 100, as on the head at 108, and may be fixed thereto by suitably welding, braising, or soldering the inner ends to the head. It may be noted in this example that the head 108 of pin I00 is a conventional form of hinge pin head as is commonly found in such purse frame constructions. Accordingly, the strap connection in this arrangement requires only the attachment of the hoop 60 to the head 108 in order to practice the invention. Being rigidly fixed on the pin, however, it lacks the added pivotal action of the preferred form provided with the enlarged head 8 as in FIGS. 1, 2, and 4.

Preferably, the strap is of a size for the fingers and palm of a hand to be inserted through the loop and slipped over the users wrist. In such position the purse 2 may then be clutched in the hand after the usual fashion with the added convenience and protection of the strap engaging the wrist. This may be appreciated by visualizing the hand passing through loop 4 of FIG. 1 toward the top of the purse and the hand then turned to grasp the purse between the fingers and palm. Most conveniently, the bottom of the purse may thus be held for opening the same with the other hand and gaining access either to the compartments of the purse or to the bill and card-containing pockets of the panel structure which will now be described.

The construction of the typical French clutch purse shown by the drawings (FIGS. 1-4) includes three typical purse frame members, each being U-shaped in outline having upper closure bars at 20, 22, and 24 (FIG. 2) with legs therefor at 26, 28, and 30 respectively. Connecting the lower ends of each set of legs are hinge pins, one set being pivoted as on the hinge pin 10 shown by FIG. 4, the other set being pivoted on a conventional headed pin such as the pin shown by FIG. 5 (i.e. without the hoop 60).

The two outer frame members are fitted in conventional fashion with a cloth pouch indicated generally by numeral 32 and forming the purse section. The intermediate frame member carries a divider (see also FIG. 4) to provide a pair of purse compartments as will be readily understood. The crossbar 22 of the intermediate frame member also carries a catchplate 34 for interfering engagement with the rounded ends of the catch pieces 36 fixed on the outer crossbars 20 and 24 for purse opening and closing engagement as will be readily understood in the art.

Also carried by outer crossbar 20, but not engaged by the legs as 26, is an outer panel wall section 38 extending in separated overlying relation to the adjacent side of purse section 32. Wall 38 continues beyond the bottom of purse section 32 and provides the free end panel section at 42. In an opened condition the panel section 42 may be swung to extend in an in-line" position with respect to wall 38 for access to the pockets at the inner side of the panel sections. In a closed condition section 42 is turned upwardly as shown to lie against the opposite side of the purse in which position it may be releasably closed by a snap button connection. At this side of the purse and carried by the crossbar 24 is a panel 44 in separated overlying and covering relation to section 32. The lower end portion of the panel 44 extends underneath the bottom of the pouch 32 and is typically joined as at 46 with the panel 38. This may be along a lower free edge of a conventional cloth pocket wall (not shown) overlying the inner face of panel 38. The side edges of such a pocket wall may be attached as along the marginal edges of panel section 38, the upper edge being secured by the crossbar together with the upper edge of panel 38 and the adjacent upper edge of the purse section 32. When in the open inline" condition of panel 42 access to such a pocket is between the outer end of panel 44 and panel 38, the formation and dimensions of the pocket being typically designed to receive paper currency, etc.

Against the inner face of the panel section 42 conventional panel walls are also provided to form additional compartments or pockets. Entrances to such pockets are indicated at 48 and 50 and the construction thereof for inserting cards and other papers, bills, etc. will be readily appreciated by those familiar with the art.

Also carried by crossbar 24 a flap 52 is fitted with a recessed catch at 54 to receive snap button 56 on a pocket wall of the panel 42 for releasably closing" panel 42 against panel 44.

The construction and swiveling action of the strap assembly on the purse frame hinge pin has been described previously, the attachment in the clutch purse disclosure being centrally of the ends for a balanced suspension thereof by the strap. From the above description of the French clutch purse construction it will also be seen that the strap may be effectively concealed in unobstrusive fashion, if desired, by tucking the same at either side of the pouch 32 inwardly of panel 44 (see full-line hoop 6, HO. 2) or inwardly of panel 38 (sec dot-dash position and H6. 3). The swivel connection of the strap attaching hoop 6 thus permits effective strap concealment and convenient use of the purse in the heretofore conventional manner without interference in any way.

What is claimed is:

l. A purse frame and carrying strap construction comprismg a pair of U-shaped frame members provided with matching crossbar portions and leg portions, said leg portions at their outer ends having hinge pins pivotally joining said frame members at opposite ends thereof for frame opening and closing action,

one of said hinge pins being freely rotatable relative to the leg portions joined thereby, and

a strap-attaching element on said hinge pin outwardly of the frames and mounted for pivotal movement of said element on an axis normal to pin axis, and a carrying strap member attached to said element.

2. The construction of claim 1, in which said rotatable hinge pin is provided with an enlarged head having aligned openings at opposite sides thereof, and

said attaching element is in the form of a hoop having opposed free ends inserted in said aligned openings.

3. The construction of claim 1, in which a purse pouch is supported by said U-shaped frame members and,

from the crossbar portions of said frame members are hung panel members overlying opposite sides of said pouch in separated covering relation,

the panel members being joined adjacent the bottom of the pouch whereby said strap may be inserted in an inactive concealed position between one side of said pouch and the said panel member overl in said one side. 4. ln purse construction of t e rench clutch purse type having:

a purse pouch provided with opposed elongated U-shaped frame members having crossbar portions and legs, the legs being pivotally mounted at the outer ends thereof on hinge pins and the frame crossbar portions having interfering catch pieces for releasable purse pouch closing action,

first and second panel members supported by said crossbars and overlying opposite sides of said pouch in separated covering relation,

the first panel adjacent the bottom of said pouch having the lower edge of said second panel connected thereto,

said first panel extending beyond said connection and having a free end panel section foldable upwardly against the outer face of said second panel with means for releasably engaging the same thereagainst:

the improvement which comprises a strap-attaching element affixed to the head of one of said hinge pins and rotatable therewith relative to said frame members, and a carrying strap attached thereto.

5. The construction of claim 4, in which,

said strap attaching element is affixed to an enlarged head portion of said frame hinge pin by a pivotal mounting connection for movement on an axis normal to the pin axis, and

said strap is in the form of a hand and wrist engageable flexible loop mounted on said pivoted attaching element and is of a length less than the width of said purse for inserting between one of the sides of said pouch and the panel overlying said one side.

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U.S. Classification150/110, 150/117, 150/120
International ClassificationA45C3/06, A45C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C3/06
European ClassificationA45C3/06
Legal Events
Oct 28, 1982ASAssignment
Owner name: BUXTON, INC., 265 MAIN ST., AGAWAM, MA 01101 AND
Effective date: 19820826