US 501279 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
B. D. KNIGHT.
- CARD HOLDER.
. No. 501,279. I Patented July 11,1893.
wnNEssES INVENTOH UNrrn STATES- ATENT OFFICE.
RICHARD D. KNIGHT, OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 501,279, dated July 11, 1893.
Application filed llllaroh 10, 1893. Serial No. 466,382. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, RICHARD D. KNIGHT,
' of the city and county of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Card-Holders; and I do hereby declare the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, forming a part of the same, to be a full, clear, and exact description thereof.
My invention relates to a case or holder for holding cards, tickets, postage stamps,'or any other similar articles, and has for its object to provide a case or holder in which the cards may be securely held, but from which any one or more of the cards may, when desired, be readily removed, and in which the cards may be held at one end only and so that their freeends may by a proper manipulation be readily separated or lifted one from another somewhat like the leaves of a book.
To that end the invention consists in a case or holder embodying the features hereinafter claimed.
Referring to the drawings, Figure l is a view in perspective of my improved case or holder, showing the same closedto hold the cards or other articles placed therein. Fig. 2 is a similar view showing the holder with the lid or cover turned back to permit the withdrawal of one or more of the cards. Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 of my improved holder provided with a spring clip; and Fig. 4: is a longitudinal section of Fig. 3.
A represents the case or holder as a whole, which may be made of any desired material, but which for the purpose of durabilityI prefer to make of metal.
The holder Ais composed of a bottom-piece a, side-pieces a, a, an end piece a and atop piece a all of these parts or pieces being formed integral or permanently secured together. Hinged to one end of the bottom piece is a lid or cover I), b, bent at right angles as shown, and so that one portion, 6, of said lid will serve, when the lid is closed, to close the end of the holder, while the other portion, 1), will serve to close or cover a portion of the top of the holder as shown in' Fig. 1. The lid may be provided with a finger piece for manipulating the same, and is also preferably provided with a projection 19 which of the side pieces a'are free and disconnected at their upper edges, they can be readily bent or sprung toward each other so as to form springs, which when the lid is forced between these free ends of the side pieces will serve to hold said lid in its closed position. If desired, small grooves or indentations a maybe formed on the inner faces of the side pieces a at their free ends, as shown in Fig. 3, to engage the edges of the portion b of the lid 1) when closed, and thus hold the lid more securely in its closed position, but at the same time permitting it to be readily opened. Such grooves, however, are not essential.
If desired, a spring clip a may be employed to assist in holding the cards or other articles in place in the holder. Said spring clip when employed is formed of a flat strip of metal secured at one end to the bottom piece a and bent into substantially the form shown, and so that its free end will underlie the end of the fixed top piece d as shown in Fig. 4. Upon inserting the cards or other articles into the holder provided with such spring clip, the spring is forced downward, and reacting will serve to hold the ends of the cards between the end of said spring and the under side of the fixed top piece a as will be'readily understood. Said spring clip will also serve, as one or more of the cards are withdrawn from the holder, to force upward the remaining cards so that the top card of the series will always occupy practically the same position and its upper surface be nearly flush with the edges of the side pieces, no matter how many or how few cards may be in the holder.
The fixed top piece a may be of any desired length less than the entire length of the holder, but I prefer to construct it substantially as shown, and so as to cover or confine the cards contained in the holder for only a comparatively short distance at their ends.
The holder, as will be understood, may be made of any desired shape or size to contain whatever articles it may be desired to hold therein.
By the construction of holder above described, either with or without the spring clip,
it will be seen that a package of cards or other articles will be held in the holder by the fixed top piece at one end and by the pivoted lid at the other end, and it will be further seen that when the pivoted lid is turned back the cards will be held at one end only, and so that their free ends may be readily lifted or separated like the leaves of a book, and
also so that any one or more of the cards may be withdrawn from the package. As the articles contained in the holder are confined only at their ends, the holder is especially adapted for holding postage stamps or gummed slips of any character.
What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. A holder for cards or other articles open on the top for a portion of its length and with the upper edges of its side pieces free and disconnected at one end, and bent to form springs, said holder being provided with a hinged lid or cover bent substantially at right angles, and arranged to be forced between the free ends of the side pieces, and to be held in its closed position by said side pieces, substantially as described.
2. A holder for cards or other articles open at the top for a portion of its length, and provided with a hinged lid or cover bent at substantially right angles, the upper edges of the side pieces of said holder being free and disconnected at one end and provided with grooves or indentations on their inner faces to receive and engage the edges of a portion of the bent cover, substantially as described.
3. A holder for cards or other articles composed of a bottom piece, two side pieces, an end piece, a top piece of a length less than the entire length of the holder, a lid or cover pivoted to the bottom piece and bent at substantially right angles, and a spring secured at one end to the bottom of the holder, and with its free end arranged to underlie the end of the top piece, substantially as described.
4. A holder for cards or other articles open at one end and on the top for a portion of its length, and provided with a hinged lid bent substantially at right angles to close the end of said holder and aportion of its top, said lid being provided with a projection arranged to abut against the bottom of the holder and thereby limit the movement of said lid, substantially as described.
RICHARD D. KNIGHT. Witnesses:
W. H. THURSTON, S. J. MURPHY.