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Publication numberUS361535 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 19, 1887
Filing dateJun 25, 1886
Publication numberUS 361535 A, US 361535A, US-A-361535, US361535 A, US361535A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pen or pencil holder
US 361535 A
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(No Model.)


PEN OR PENCIL HOLDER. No. 861,535 Patented Apr. 19,1887.

the following is so full, clear, and exact a de art to which my is a cross-section of my device, taken on the any other suitable manner to the under side tails of construction may be varied at will .tudinal section of my improved holder, show- UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.



SPECIFICATION forming part-of Letters Patent No. 361,535, dated April 19. 1887.

Application filed June 25, 1886. Serial hToj 266,210. No model.)

.To all whom it may concern.-

1 Ze it known that I, SARAH J. MERRICK, a" citizen of the United States, residing at San- Antonio, in the county of Bexar and State of Texas, haveinvented a new and useful Improvement in Pen or PencilHolders, of which scription as'will enable others skilled in the invention appertains to make and use the same. The construction shown in the accompanying drawings, and described hereinbelow, simply dlscloses a preferred form of carrying out my invention.

It is quite apparent that several of the dowithout departing from the general spirit of my invention.

- In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is a perspectlve view of a handand of my device, showing the latter in position for writing.

Fig. 2 is a plan view of theblank from which the holder is made in this instance. Fig. 3 is a top plan view of my improved holder when the blank has been bent to form a socket for the finger. Fig. 4 is a bottom plan viewgof' my device, showing the pen-holder and-pencilholder secured to the device. Fig. 5 iso. side view, partly in perspective, showing a pencil n dotted lines secured to the holder. Fig. 6

is an outline view of my device,'showing it used as a pencil-holder alone. Fig. 7 is a longiing little screws whichhold the pencil or pen holder n position through the medium of the clips on the under side of the holder. Fig. 8

line X X ofvFig. 5.

The central portion or body of the holder properis designated by the letter A. This body is provided with the clamps a a and the clips I) b, which in this instance are each struck from the side portions of the blank proper. The lower portion of the blank is provided wlth a pen-holder, B, which may be formed integral with the blank A, as shown Fig. 2, or which may be secured by solder or in of the holder, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5.

' By the construction shown in'Fig. 5 it will the pencil in place in the holder.

be observed that the outer clamps, a a, are

which accommodates the finger, .while the clips b b are bent in an opposite direction to hold I In this instance the elasticity of the metal holds the pencil with sufficient rigidity to keep itin place by'frietion alone. In some instances it may be found desirable to provide a more p'ositive fastener for the pencil, in which case I use two setscrews, d d, which pass through perv forations of the clips and body portion A of the implement, as shown in Fig.7.

When it is found desirable, asmall tube, D,

such as shown in Fig. 4, may be provided, which is adapted to receive and accommodate small leads, such as are used in an ordinary telescoping pencil.

By the use of a device of this character many of the serious objections to the ordinary penholder may be entirely avoided, among which may be mentioned cramp and that which is known as writers paralysis. I11 addition to this the use of this device will save many tedious hours to the child who-is learning to .75 write, asby its use no time'will be wasted inteaching the child how to hold his pen orpencil.

I have had much experience as principal of a school, and have found that it is with great difiiculty children are taught to hold the pen properly unless they have some device to guide them. I have also been greatly-troubled with So I cramp for many years and have been compolled to use my left hand on account of this misfortune. Since inventing this device, however, I have used it constantly and find that I have nearly recovered my old freedom in writing; and 'I consider the device invaluable in view of these experimental tests and profitable results. It will be observed that the holder can he slipped on the forefinger, and the use of the thumb to hold the pen in place may be entirely dispensed with. The pen is always in proper position and its points are always at aproper angle. Aside from these advantages the soiling of the fingers is entirely obviated,

andthe holder can be worn with little or no inconvenience, .and it will notbe necessaryto remove it to handle papers, books, &c., around an ofiice or school-room.

The object of my invention is to provide a pen and pencil holder which will be light,

cheap, and inexpensive, and'one which may be readily and easily attached to the finger with out any instruction.

.Another object of my invention is to construct a device which shall obviate and avoid the serious difficulties which are experienced by people who do a large amount of writing.

Another object of my invention is to construct a holder which will enable scholars to quickly and easily learn how to hold the pen and. pencil when writing.

Having now described the "objects, uses, and l construction of my device, what I wish to secure by Letters Patent, and therefore cl aim,is--

1. In a pen and pencil holder, the combination, with the body A, having clamps and clips bent from said body portion in opposite directions,as shown, to form finger and pencil receptacles a b, of the pen-holder '13, formed integral with the body portion, as shown and described.

The combination, with the body A, having on its front portion a series of circular openings, c, to receive the finger of the human hand, the rear p'ortion of said body provided with a pencil-holder, of the pen-holder B, socured to the lower circular opening, as shown and described.

In testimony that I claim the above I here i ing witnesses.


; \Vilnesses:

E. N. PRESTON, .limns l. EARL.

unto set my hand in presence of two subscrib- 3o

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Cooperative ClassificationB43K23/012