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Publication numberUS521776 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 26, 1894
Filing dateMay 26, 1893
Publication numberUS 521776 A, US 521776A, US-A-521776, US521776 A, US521776A
InventorsI- thomas E. Anderson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Separable button
US 521776 A
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(No Model.)



No. 521,776. Patented June 26, 1894.


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srncrrrcn'rron forming part of Letters Patent No. 521,776, dated June 26, 1 94.

Application filed May 26, 1 893.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, THOMAS E. ANDERSON, a citizen of the United States, residing at J ackson, in the county of Madison and State of Tennessee,have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Separable Buttons; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon, which form apart of this specification.

My invention relates to improvements in buttons of the class known as separable but- The object of my invention is to provide a simple, cheap and handy garment button which may be secured to a garment without the use of thread and needle, or any tool whatever, and may also be removed from one garment and secured to another, and thus out last several garments. I attain this object by the novel construction and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1, is a perspective view of my button separated. Fig. 2, is a perspective View of the button put together as when in use on a garment. Fig. 3, is a sectional side view of Fig. 1, on the line a, a. Fig. 4, is a sectional side view of Fig. 2, on the line b, b, with a piece of cloth added to itto illustrate how the button is secured to a garment. In all the views the buttonis enlarged for the sake of clearness.

Referring to the drawings by letters of refbutton to which is centrally secured the tube B, which is provided at its sides with two oppositely located aperturesO, and has its free end I, rounded as shown; it may not be necessary in all cases to have the end closed entirely but simply rounded enough to give stiffness to the tube and facilitate its insertion into the opposite tube E, which is centrally secured to the rear disk D, of the button and is provided with oppositely located slots 0r hooks F, adapted to engage the apertures O,

Serial No. 475.650- (No model.)

in the tube B, when the latter is inserted into the tube E, as shown in Figs. 2, and-4:.

The spring hooks F, may be formed of separate pieces of metal and soldered or riveted to the front portion of the tube E, but I prefer to form the spring hooks of the strips or tongues punched out of the slots G, by severing the metal at the two sides and atthe rear end of the slot and leaving it solid with the tube at the front end of the slot as shown at the point K, in Figs. 1, and 2. These tongues are formed into a pair of foot-shaped hooks F, which in their normal position close their heels L, almost together in the center of the tube E, bringing their toes H, almost retracted into the slots G, thereby facilitating the introduction of the tube E, into the cloth of the garment; when the tube B, is pressed into the tube E, its rounded end I, spreads the hooks F, until the free end of the tube E,

stops against the disk A, then the heels L,

spring partly back into the apertures O, in the tube B, and lock the button together.

The apertures G, are however of such exact size as to receive only enough ofthe heels L, to lock the button. This causes the toes H, to project considerably out beyond the sides of thetube E, where they serve to hold the cloth J, against the rear disk D, of the button (as best shown in Fig. 4:), thereby leaving the front portion of the tube E, ready for receiving the button hole'of the garment.

In operation when the button is to be secured in a garment a small hole is formed in the garment by forcing into the cloth the point of a lead pencil, a nail or other bodkinlike object, the tube. E, is inserted in the hole and the cloth moved closely up against the rear plate D, the smaller tube B, is then'insorted into the tube E, and pushed in as far as'it can go. If the cloth J, is very thin the toes or arms H, may be bent toward the cloth by a pocket knife or other hard object.

To separate the button, itis done by taking hold of the arms H, and pulling them outward until they disengage the tube B, which will then together with the disk A, drop away from the rest of the button. If the spring hooksofier toomuch resistance to be spread by the fingers, nippers or tweezers may be used or Where such are not at hand, a string or wire or nail point may be inserted in the holes M, provided in the toes H, and the spring hooks spread by pulling on the string or wire, &c.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. The separable button consisting of a front and rear solid disk having centrally project-ing rigid cylindrical tubes fitting into each other, the inner tube having apertures in its sides and the outer tube having oppositely located foot-shaped spring hooks moving in apertures in the sides of the tube and engaging with their inner and heel-shaped portion the apertures in the inner tube, while their outer or toe portions engage the cloth of the garment on both sides of the stem and hold it against the rear disk, substantially as shown and described and for the purpose set forth.

2. In a separable button, the combination of the solid diskA, the round-ended rigid tube B, having the oppositely located apertures O, with the solid disk D, having the larger tube E, provided with the slots G; the foot-shaped spring hooks F, secured to the front portion of the tube and having the heelshaped curves L, for engaging the apertures O, in the tube B, and the outwardly projecting toes or arms H, for retaining the cloth in which the button is secured, against the rear disk of the button; said spring hooks being adapted to close inward to let the cloth pass over them, and then to be held outward by the inner tube in which they interlock and also being provided with the holes M, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

3. In a separable button, and as an article of manufacture, the combination of the front disk A, having the stem B, provided with notches or apertures as C, with the rear disk D, having a tube as E, provided with spring hooks as F, H, for engaging the inner tube 13, and the cloth in which the button is secured; said spring hooks being formed by punching out tongues in the sides of the tube and bending them into the shape shown substantially as set forth.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.




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