US 3680819 A
A label holder is pointed so as to be drivable, and comprises a U-shaped loop having ends parallel to each other and disposed at angles less than 90 DEG to the plane of the loop. The bend of the loop is displaced slightly from the plane of the rest of the loop, on the side opposite the legs. The ends of the legs are pointed by being bevelled only on the same side as the loop, so that the points of the legs lie on the side of the axis of the legs which is opposite the loop. The label holder thus bears resiliently against the support into which it is driven, at the same time that cards are easily insertable and removable.
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Meland [451 Aug. 1,1972
 LABEL HOLDER -' Inventor: Martin Meland, Kylles, 4300 Sandnes, Norway  Filed: .Feb. 26, 1970 [211 App]. No.: 14,468
 US. Cl. ..248/216, 211/106, 248/302  Int. Cl. ..A47f 7/00  Field of Search ..211/89, 106, 49, S0, 44, 181; 248/302, 216, 220; 40/11, 13, 23; 24/261 A, 85 C, 73 C, 73 AS, 67.11
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 263,685 9/1882 Clark ..211/106 X 858,315 6/1907 Willing ..40/11 1,098,789 6/1914 English ..248/220 X 319,312 6/1885 Peterson ..24/66 522,196 7/1894 Crane ..24/261A Primary Examiner-'4. Franklin Foss Attorney-lrvin S; Thompson  ABSTRACT A label holder is pointed so as to be drivable, and comprises a U-shaped loop having ends parallel to each other and disposed at angles less than 90 to the plane of the loop. The bend of the loop is displaced slightly from the plane of the rest of the loop, on the side opposite the legs. The ends of the legs are pointed by being bevelled only on the same side as the loop, so that the points of the legs lie on the side of the axis of the legs which is opposite the loop. The label holder thus bears resiliently against the support into which it is driven, at the same time that cards are easily insertable and removable.
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INVENTOR MARTIN MELANO LABEL HOLDER The present invention relates to label holders, more particularly of the type that can be applied to a base member or support of a material such as wood or fiberboard, into which the label holder may be driven. The label holder of the present invention is particularly well adapted for resiliently holding labels flat against such a support.
It is an object of the present invention to provide such a label holder, which permits easy insertion and removal of labels.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of such a label holder, which is so constructed as to bear firmly resiliently against the support.
Finally, it is an object of the present invention to provide a label holder which will be relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture, easy to install and manipulate, and rugged and durable in use.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, which is a perspective view of a label holder according to the present invention, in place on a support and in use to hold a label against the support. In the illustrated embodiment, the label may for example contain data relating to an animal in a cage whose frame provides the wooden base or support into which the label holder is driven. However, it will of course be understood that the present invention is adaptable to a wide variety of other environments.
Referring now to the drawing in greater detail, there is shown a label holder 1 in the form of a length of spring steel wire bent and formed to a special configuration. Label holder 1 is generally uniplanar in the plane of the label to be held, and comprises a loop that terminates at both ends of the wire in legs 2 which form an angle less than 90 with the rest of the-loop. The legs 2 are adapted to be driven into the support 3, which as indicated may be wood or fiberboard or the like; and to this end, the legs 2 have sharpened ends 4. It will be noted that sharpened ends 4 are bevelled and are formed for example as by grinding, the bevel being disposed on the same side of the legs 2 as the loop. Thus, the legs 2 are pointed and the points of these legs lie on the sides of the axes of legs 2 which are opposite the loop.
Holder 1 is characterized by a smoothly arcuate bend 5 by which a generally U-shaped configuration is imparted to holder 1. The bend 5, however, is slightly displaced from the plane of the loop, in the direction of the viewer as seen in the drawing, for the easy reception of a label 6 by being slid under the holder 1, or the manipulation of holder 1 by an engagement of bend 5 with the fingers to pull the loop slightly away from support 3.
It is particularly to be noted that the angle between the legs 2 and the loop, being less than insures that when legs 2 are driven into support 3, the loop will be resiliently urged against support 3. The manner of bevelling the ends 4 of legs 2 also has the same result: the legs 2, when penetrating support 3, tend to penetrate in a somewhat more downwardly inclined direction as seen in the drawing, than if ends 4 were symmetrical. This also urges the loop resiliently against 3. lli iiiw of the foregoing disclosure, therefore, it will be evident that all of the initially recited objects of the present invention have been achieved.
Although the present invention has been described and illustrated in connection with a preferred embodiment, it is of course to be understood that modifications and variations may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of the invention, as those skilled in this art will readily understand. Such modifications and variations are considered to be within the purview and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
Having described my invention, I claim:
1. A label holder comprising a generally U-shaped loop of metal wire, the ends of the wire being sharpened and being parallel to each other and extending transversely of the plane of the loop, the points of said ends being disposed on the side of the axes of the ends which is opposite the loop, said points being formed by bevels on the ends of the wire, said bevels being disposed only on the same side of said ends as the loop, said ends being disposed at an angle less then 90 to the plane of the loop.