US 397833 A
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0. K. COLBY & W. COPPERSMITH.
Patented Feb. 12, 1889.
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' Nirnr) STATES CALEB K.
YORK, ASSIGNORS TO THEMSELVES AND ARTHUR COLBY, OF BROOKLYN,
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 397,833, dated February 12, 1889.
Application filed March 1, 1888. Serial No. 265,805. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern..-
Be it known that we, CALEB K. COLBY and WILLIAM CoPPERsMITH, both citizens of the United States, the former aresident of Brooklyn, Kings county, New York, and the latter a resident of New York city, New York, have jointly invented certain Improvements in Bracelets, of which the following is a specification. 7
10 Our invention relates to bracelets and similar band-like ornaments to be worn on the person, and our object is in part to provide a simple means of expanding and contracting the bracelet, and in part to a mode of mounting settings or ornaments on the same, whereby the whole of the band may be left free to flex or bend.
Our invention will be fully described here inafter, and its novel features carefully defined in the claims.
In the drawings which serve to illustrate our invention, Figure l is a side view of a bracelet embodying our invention, and Fig. 2 is an edge view of the same. Fig. 3 is a lon- 2 5 gitudinal sectional view of the setting seen in Fig. 1. Fig. 4 is a fragmentary side view of that part of the bracelet where the adjusting device is situated, designed to illustrate the manner of effecting the adjustment. Figs. 5
and 6 are transverse sections taken, respectively, in the planes indicated by lines 5 5 and 6 6 in Fig. 1. Fig. 7 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view illustrating the engagement of the retaining-bail with the shoulder.
3 5 The bracelet or band ornament is formed of an elastic or spring-like open band, a, of which the ends I) and c overlap, as represented. On the extremity of end I) is formed'a loop or keeper, (1, through which the end 0 plays, and
40 on the extremity of end 0 is pivotally hung a bail, 6, through which the end Z) plays. On the inner face of the end 1) are formed, in some suit-able manner, ratchet-like teeth or shoulders g 9, one or more, as desired. The pivoted bail e catches against one of these shoulders g and serves a limiting-stop or retaining device to prevent the elasticity of the band from expanding it any farther. This elasticity of the band tends to hold the bail 6 up against the shoulder and draws the piv- 5o oted bail into the inclined position seen in Fig. 1, causing it thus to closely engage the shoulder. Fig. 7 very clearly illustrates the engagement of the bail with the undercut shoulder. 5 5
\Vhen the bracelet is compressed laterally, in order to set it to a larger or smaller size, the bail assumes or may be made to assume the position seen in Fig. 4, when it will slip over the shoulders in either direction and may be set to engage either one of the shoulders, as desired. The dotted lines in Fig. 7 serve to illustrate this latter position of the bail. The bail may be provided with a projecting stud, e, on one or both of its sides, so as to enable it to be the more readily grasped and manipulated by the thumb and finger.
The ornamental setting of the bracelet comprises the body portion 72, which in this case consist-s merely of two like plates curved edgewise to conform to the curve of the band a, two rectangular keepers or slide-loops,t' 1', secured to the ends of the body portion h and threaded 011 the band a of the bracelet, and two stop-collars,j j, threaded on the band a and firmly fixed in place on the band at the ends of the body to hold it against endwise movement. The object in mounting the setting in this manner is that it may not interfere with the fiexure of the band by stiffening it. hen the setting is constructed and mounted as herein shown, it may have any reasonable length without stiffening the band in the least.
The setting may be ornamented in any way, of course. In the drawings we have shown stones in the setting; but this feature forms no part of our invention. In Fig. 3 only the clips for holding the stones are shown.
The teeth or shoulders g g are made ratchetlike only that the bail 6 may play over them the more freely. Any form of tooth or shoulder will serve but that shown is preferred.
\Ve conten'iplate employing metal for the band or body of the bracelet; but other male 5 rials-of an elastic nature will serve.
Having thus described our invention, we claim- 1. A lnraeelet; or the like comprising an open elastic band with overlapped. ends, the one end, as Z1, being provided with a loop or keeper, as (I, and with one or more shoulders, as r/, and
the other end, (LS r, n'ovided with :1 pivotally- 1 attached bail, as (a, the end I) being threaded through saiidbeil, and, the end (:1 leing thrmuled t hrough said keeper, subst antizilly as set; forth.
The eonibinat ion, with the lmnd,z1s a, of it bracelet or the like having overlapping ends and a shoulder and keeper, su'bst u11tiztll as described, of a setting mounted on the band at its middle opposite to the overlapping ends,