Closure or cover for pocket-books
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0. A. LEHMAN. CLOSURE 0R COVER FOR POGKIETBOOKS. No. 489,710. Patented Jan lo, 1893.
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OTTO A. LEHMAN, OF HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY.
CLOSURE OR COVER FOR POCKET-=BOOKS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 489,710, dated January 10, 1893.
Application filed October 1, 1892- Serial 'No. 447,477. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern;
Be it known that I, OTTO A. LEHMAN, of Hoboken, in the county of Hudson and State of New Jersey, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Covers or Closures for Pocket-Books, Bags, and Satchels, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to an improvement in covers or closures for pocketbooks,bags and satchels in which provision is made for crowdin g a coin or other comparatively slender article between the yielding sections of the cover or closure which automatically, after the i11- sertion of the article, closes and remains normally in closed adjustment.
A practical embodiment of my invention is represented in the accompanying drawings in which,
Figure 1 denotes a pocketbook as it appears from the exterior, Fig. 2 is a view of its cover in perspective, showing a coin partially inserted between two yielding sections, Fig. 3 is a top plan View of the cover, showing the same partially broken away to disclose the actuating springs and guides for the yielding sections, Fig. 4: is a transverse section through the cover and yielding sections, and Fig. 5 is a cross section, showing a modified shape of yielding bars or sections.
In the form which I have chosen to illustrate my invention, the top of the flexible bag or purse A is secured to a frame B of oblong rectangular form and the cover 0 is hinged, as at D, to one side of the frame and provided with a catch to engage a spring actuated latch I) set in the edge of the frame, as is common.
The cover 0 consists of a rigid frame 0 forming the sides and ends and one or more movable central sections 0' mounted in the rigid frame 0 so as to be capable of being pushed to one side to form the opening for the insertion of a coin or other slender article through the cover into the purse without uncatching the cover. In the present instance, I have shown a group of several narrow bars 0 extending from end to end of the cover and loosely mounted at their ends in the hollow ends of the cover so as to be freely moved in a direction transverse to their length. I have also provided the sides of the cover with hollow faces adapted to receive the bars 0 as they are moved laterally and I have shown the sides of such a depth as to be sufficient to house two of said bars 0' when they are slid laterally therein. This, however, is a matter of choice as the sides might be made shallower or deeper at pleasure without departing from the spirit of my invention. The bars 0 are pressed toward one another and toward the center of the cover by means of springs, shown in the present instance as bar springs E, E inserted in the hollow sides of the cover, as clearly indicated in Fig. 2.
The housing of the ends of the bars 0' in the ends of the cover will be sufficient to hold them in position but, for the purpose of rendering their movements regular and prevent- .ing them from rotating, I have inserted small guide rods 6 through perforations in the ends of the bars and have located said guide rods within the hollow ends of the cover.
When the cover is closed and it is desired to insert a coin or other article through the cover into the purse or bag without releasing the cover, they may be readily slipped through between the bars 0' the latter, because of their inclined faces 0 readily yielding under the inward pressure of the coin or other article to be inserted. As soon as the article has been inserted, the bars will promptly return under the pressure of their springs into contact with one another and thereby form a complete closure.
The bars 0 may be made flat on their under sides, as shown at 0 Fig. 4, to prevent the crowding of the bars apart from the interior of the purse, or they may be made cylindrical, as shown in Fig. 5.
Aside from its utility as a means of readily storing change or other small articles without opening the purse and the consequentliability of its contents becoming unintentionally lost, the yielding bar sections present an attractive appearance.
What I claim is:
1. The cover or closure for a purse, bag or satchel having a plurality of laterally movable tubular bars mounted therein and springs tending to hold the bars together to form a closure and at the same time permitting the separation of the bars to form an opening, substantially as set forth.
2. A cover or closure for a purse, bag or satchel consisting of a rigid frame section provided along its opposite sides with housin gs for the reception of movable bar sections, movable bar sections mounted in the rigid frame section in position to be crowded into the housings upon the opposite sides of the rigid section and springs tending to hold the movable sections in engagement with one another to form the closure and at the same time permitting them to separate to form an opening, substantially as set forth.
3. The purse, bag or satchel cover consisting of a rigid frame section, movable sections mounted in the rigid frame section and provided with oblique faces on their upper sides and flattened faces on their lower sides and springs tending to hold the movable sections in engagement with one another to form the closure and at the same time permitting them to separate to form an opening, substantially as set forth.
4. The purse, bag or satchel cover consisting of a rigid frame section, oblique faced movable sections mounted therein, guides for said movable sections and springs for actuatin g the sections, substantially as set forth.
OTTO A. LEI-IMAN.
FREDK. HAYNES, Gnonen BARRY.