US 3745613 A
Assembly includes one-piece deflector plate-retaining means in which attaching eyelet is rolled outward to make assembly secure.
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United States Patent [1 1 Daddona, Jr. July 17, 1973 DECORATIVE SHIELD OR BUTTON  References Cited ASSEMBLY UNITED STATES PATENTS  Inventor: Domenic John Daddona, Jr., 3,494,246 2/1970 Hensley 24/95 Waterbury, Conn. 496,357 4/1893 Hall 24/95 465,061 12/1891 Jackson 24/95 Asslgneei Scovl" Manuiacml'mg Company, 226,722 4/1880 D'Aubigne 1 1 1 24 95 Waterbury. Com 2,981,154 5 1884 Atwood 24 94  Filed: Dec. 23, 1971 Primary ExaminerFrancis K. Zugel  Appl' 2118315 Assistant Examiner-Darrell Marquette Attorney-Ballett Hoopes  US. Cl 24/94, 24/95, 24/113 MP,
' 85/39  ABSTRACT  gg g Assembly includes one-piece deflector plate-retaining a l Q u s 1 I I I I I h'h 1t t 24/101 FS, 101 R, 90 c,213 8,214,216,217, 21113; j f f eye 6 to e war 0 2 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures PAIENTED JUL 1 1192s INVENTOR. Domenic J.])addona MW ATTORNEY 1 DECORATIVE SHIELD OR BUTTON ASSEMBLY This invention relates to a decorative shield or button assembly. More specifically, this invention relates to such an assembly wherein an essential part is a onepiece deflector plate having means for both deforming the end of an eyelet and holding the deformed end to secure the assembly together.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION In the past, it has been common to attach a decorative shield or button to fabric by means of an eyelet defonned about a knob or mount on the button head. Such structures have invariably included a retaining washer or the like secured in the button head which has held the flared end of the eyelet to keep the assembly together. Such assembly, for instance, is shown in the old US. Pat. 298,154, patented May 6, 1884. Such multi-piece structures have had their disadvantages: because the retaining washer and the button head have been separate pieces, separate stocking and much additional manual handling have been required.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In the present invention, there is provided in a single piece, a combination deflector plate 7 and retaining means thus making stocking of separate parts unnecessary and reducing the handling and number of operations in the assembly.
Other objects of the invention will be apparent from the following specification including the drawings wherein is described and shown a non-limiting form of the invention. In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is an exploded sectional view showing the parts of an assembly embodying the invention prior to assembly;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view showing the parts after assembly;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 33 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a top view of the deflector plate-shell subassembly shown in FIG. 1; and
FIG. 5 is a top view of a deflector plate blank partially formed prior to incorporation in the sub-assembly shown below the fabric in FIG. 1.
Referring more specifically to the drawings, the parts of the assembly, prior to the installation, are shown in FIG. 1 and generally designated 10. The assembly comprises an eyelet 12 including a barrel 14 connected at its trailing end to an outward annular flange 16. The outward margin of the flange may be stepped downward as at 18, as shown.
The assembly also comprises a deflector plate shell subassembly which in turn includes a deflector plate 22 stamped from sheet metal. A decorative shell 24 covers the underside of the deflector plate as shown in FIG. 1.
The deflector plate 22 includes a base panel 23 having a raised dome 26 spaced inward from its margins. Spaced outward from the dome are arcuate ribs 28 extending upwardly. Preferably, these ribs are concentric with the dome 26. Lateral extensions 30 (FIG. 5) of the base panel 23 are, in an early stage of assembly, folded up (FIG. I) and doubled back to engage the upward spacing and stiffening ribs 28. As shown (FIG. 5), the distal ends of the extensions 30 are formed with arcuate cut-outs 32 to permit, after the folding and doubling back, a clearance about the dome (FIG. 4).
Completing the sub-assembly, end tabs 34 on the shell 24 are bent over against the top surface of the deflector plate (FIG. 2) to secure these two elements together. As shown, the shell includes marginal upward flange portions which retain the shell against lateral shifting, and also upwardly extending registering tabs 36. The tabs are useful in handling the shells to provide proper orientation during imprinting and assembly and also serve as anti-tuming means once the assembly is installed on fabric.
In the installation process, the fabric F is brought between the platc-shell sub-assembly and the eyelet 12. The eyelet and sub-assembly are then brought togehter, the leading end of the eyelet barrel l4 piercing the fabric F. As the leading end of the barrel 14 engages the outwardly sloping sides of the dome 26, the end is rolled outward (FIG. 2) until it preferably engages the spacing ribs 28 which roll the leading edges of the eyelet barrel upward as shown, into engagement with the underside of the lateral extensions 30 which become retaining means for the assembly.
The tight assembly, as shown in FIG. 2, assures a sturdy attachment of the parts together and to the fabric, and provides an effective holding means utilizing a minimum number of parts. In this connection, it should be clear that, aside from attaching a shield to fabric, the assembly may be used as a conventional rivet and burr holding layers of fabric together.
Variations within the scope of the invention are possible, all falling within the following claim language.
I. A decorative shield or button assembly comprising:
a. a one-piece rectangular deflector plate having a central upward raised dome spaced inward from its sides, upward spacing ribs formed in the plate spaced outward from the dome, extensions on op- .posi te sides of the plate, the extensions being folded up and doubled back against the ribs, the ends of the extensions having arcuate cutouts, leaving an annular opening between the dome and the edges of the cutouts;
b. an eyelet having a barrel with an outward flange at its base, the leading end of the barrel extending down over the dome and engaging the sloping sides of the dome and extending outward against the plate at the base of the dome and engaging the ribs and the underside of the doubled-back extensions to attach the eyelet to the plate; and
c. a covering shell covering the underside of the plate and folded upward, and over margin portions of the plate.
2. A decorative shield or button assembly as claimed in claim 1 wherein the spacing ribs are arcuate and concentric about the dome.