US 487145 A
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N. GIBBONS; HALTER.
No. 487,145. Patented Nov. 29, 18924..
i IINTTE STATES PATENT OFFICE.
NELSON GIBBONS, OF TISKILVA, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 487,145, dated November 29, 1892. Application iiled May 27, 1892. Serial No. 434,536- (llo model.)
To if/ZZ whom t may concern.-
Be it known that I, NELSON GIBBONS, a citizen of the United States, residing at 'Iiskilwa, in the county of Bureau and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Iznprovements in Halters; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and eX- act description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention has relation to halters, and among the objects sought to be attained are to dispense with the use of the ordinarybucklepiece and buckle usually employed for connecting the crown-piece to the ring joining the cheek and throat straps and cause said crown-piece to pass through the said ring and be connected to the remaining. portion of itself,whereby the frequent splitting or breaking of the crown-piece, as usually attached, is avoided; also, to provide in a halter an improved means for connecting the end of the crown-piece to itself after having been passed through the ring, wherebya more substantial connection is made and more readily operated to secure or free the end of said crown-piece; and with the above objectsdn `view my inventin" consists in the construction, arrangemeut, and combination of parts, as hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings7 and pointed out in the appended claim.
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective View of my improved halter, showing the manner of applying the crown-piece and also showing in dotted lines the usual buckle-piece and buckle employed. Fig. 2 is a detail view of the crown-piece detached, showing the improved connecting means.
A indicates an ordinary live-ring halter, comprising the nose-strap a, cheek-straps b ZJ, throat-latch c, and jaw-strap cl, all being attached to the rings e c e2 c3 e4 in the manner shown in the drawings.
f indicates the crown-piece, which at one end is connected to the ring c3.
To the jaw-strap c is attached an ordinary bitching-strap g.
In the ordinary construction of halters it has been customary to removably attach the free end of the crown-piecefto the ring c4 by means of a buckle carried by a bucklepiece secured to said ring, the free end of the crown-piece being provided with a number of openings to receive the buckle-tongue. Such buckle-piece and buckle Ishow in dotted lines in the drawings.
The described mode of attaching the crownpiece has many objectionable features, chief among Which is that when much strain is eX- erted upon the said buckle-piece and buckle the tongue of the latter will cause splitting of the crown-piece.
In my invention I dispense with the use of the buckle-piece and buckle and attach the free end of the crown-piece by passing the same through the ring etL (after having first been passed over the head of the animal) and then attaching said free end of the crownpiece to itself. In other words, I cause the crown-piece to be doubled back upon itself after passing through the ring. By this lapping of the crown-piece any strain that may be exerted upon the ring c4 would be removed from the point at which the free end of the crown-piece is secured to the latter itself.
For connecting the end of the crown-piece to itself after passing through the ring I employ the means shown in the drawings, and which consists, essentially,of a metallic hook or fastener B, the rear portion of the shank h of which is broadened, as at h', and the latter is secured tothe end of the crown-piece by means of rivets i. The forward portion of the shank tapers gradually and terminates in a T-head It. The crown-piece is provided at suitable intervals with longitudinallyarranged slots Z, which are adapted to permit the passage therethrough of the said T-head la.
W'hen it is desired to attach the free end of the halter, the said end is passed through the ring e4 and then doubled upon itself and the same turned or twisted to bring the T- head in position to be passed through one of the slots Z in the crown-piece, and after said head has been passed through the slot it is turned to cause the said head to lie across the slot, thus el'ecting the fastening. To release the end of the crownpiece, the latter or the hook is turned to bring the T-head in alignment with the slot, when it may be Withdrawn therethrough and also through the ring e4.
By providing a series of slots Z the crownpiece may be adjusted to suit different sizes of animals necks.
As Will be seen, my improved hook or fastener permits of the ready attachment of the crown-piece to and disconnection from the ring. Although I show the said hook adapted for use in connection with halters, it may be used with various other pieces of harness, Wherever it is desired to connect one portion to another.
NVhat I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
The combination, With an ordinary halter of the class described, comprising the cheek and throat straps and the rings e3 e4, connect- Witnesses CLEM KITTERMAN, FRANK ANDERSON.